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1793 Letter Carrier or Bell Man (U2)

Image of 1793 Letter Carrier or Bell Man (U2)

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Postal uniforms were issued to lettercarriers (London only). These men collected postage fees on delivery, thus a uniform might give protection, but the men thought this marked them out as bearer of money. Even so, they were issued with; Beaver hat, with gold band an cockade, scarlet coat (cut-away style) with blue lapels and cuffs, brass buttons & blue cloth waistcoat. In 1856, trousers were also issued, as mens' own ragged garments had presented an odd contrast. uniforms were later issued to provincial offices employing a minimum of 13 carriers (Bath employed 17). Our man carries a brass bell (introduced in 1846). This enabled him to advertise his presence and collect the letters, which an eager public hurriedly brought out to him.