American mail at Paddington Station, London, 27 December 1909.
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Mail from the USA at Paddington. The parcels have been unloaded from the train and are on the platform being loaded onto Royal Mail wagons and taken to their final destination. The mail had been brought across the Atlantic on a steam ship, and was unloaded and put onto a train, probably at Plymouth to be taken to London. This was a large operation and needed a large team of workers to load the wagons quickly to clear the platform, so that the other passengers from the train could get past! From an archive of about 400,000 photographic negatives from various British Railways and constituent companies' photographic collections, formerly known as the OPC (Oxford Publishing Company) Collection.