maandag 29 augustus 2016

In: from the United Kingdom

Some time ago John sent me a great postcard, showing a postman in former days. And now I like to share you this new old photo of another postman in uniform. The text on the back learns that this is William Gates, pictured circa 1897. The 'good conduct' stripes on the breast of the jacket were awarded by the Post Office to individuals of long and good service.
John adds that until fairly recently uniforms were obligatory for postmen. Nowadays his current postman can only be distinguished by the fact he has a Royal Mail bag.

Also on the back side of the card a pretty stamp, showing one of the characters designed by famous Peter Rabbit illustrator Beatrix Potter.

Thank you very much, John!

4 opmerkingen:

  1. Our postman is now in shorts - they seem totally inappropriate as a British 'uniform' even in summer.

    1. When I was in Australia I saw shorts (not 100% short: until knee, with long stockings) being part of uniforms! I don't remember whether it were postmen or policemen or other official eople or all.
      But according to the high temperature then, I thought it logical and practical :-)

    2. I Spain some police(wo)men wears shorts, and leggings (when they ride bikes). I think is good that people work more comfortably.

      Most post(wo)men don't wear uniforms any more, just, sometimes, a yellow shirt. I think it's because the so-called lack of money...