Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Masters of the Post: The Authorized History of the Royal Mail

the first complete history of the Royal Mail up to the present day, based on extensive research at the BPMA.

Economic journalist and researcher Duncan Campbell-Smith presents the whole story of Britain's postal service – how it was built, how it led the world for two hundred years and how it has struggled to survive in the face of mounting odds since the arrival of the internet.

In 880 pages with rich illustrations, Campbell-Smith tells the fascinating history from the origins of the royal monopoly to the Great Train Robbery - whilst also recounting several hitherto strangely neglected stories.

In addition to a reappraisal of many aspects of earlier centuries, it includes the first detailed account of the past half-century of Britain's postal history

Source: British Postal Museum & Archive

Another excellent account of the history of the Royal Mail at the Guardian.