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Only a Penny: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

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Uploaded on Jan 11, 2010

In 19th-century England, letters were one of the few ways to communicate. But most people dreaded the postmans knock. Postage was high, and the receiver, not the sender, had to pay for the letter. As Dr. Catherine Golden writes in her new book Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing, the Penny Post changed all of that. Join Dr. Golden on the 170th anniversary of the Penny Post as she discusses how the system was just as revolutionary in Victorian England as e-mail, texts, and tweets are today. The talk will feature Victorian postal products that illustrate the cultural impact of the Penny Post.

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