'The effect of a Post Age- An Oliver for a Rowland', c 1840.
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Print satirising the effects of the railways on mail deliveries. The locomotive on the left is named 'George Stephenson' and the smoke it expels reads 'Victoria'. The speed of the locomotive is causing a mail coach, on the right, onto its side. In contrast to the locomotive, the coach carries the coat of arms of George IV, indicating the earlier era in which horse-drawn carriages were the dominant way of delivering mail. At the top of the image a snail is depicted crawling along a telegraph line.