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Sending the Letter: The Post Office and the Politics of the Mail

Susan E. Whyman

in The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

The 18th-century Post Office is usually portrayed as mired in inefficiency. New private and public sources tell a different earlier story. Post office records and 34 letter collections show how ... More


A Queer Job for a Girl: The Communicative Touch in Trollope, Hardy, and Lynn Linton

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Between 1877 and 1881, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy and Eliza Lynn Linton published stories which all portray women companions who are "more like lovers than girl and girl." The women are also all ... More


The Post Office Proposes

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I: The Birth of Broadcasting

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192129260
eISBN:
9780191670008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter explores the role of the British Post Office in the formation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It explains that F.J. Brown was the Post Office official directly concerned ... More


‘Bringing Alive’ the Post Office

Mariel Grant

in Propaganda and the Role of the State in Inter-War Britain

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204442
eISBN:
9780191676284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204442.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The adoption of a permanent publicity policy was definitely related to commercial considerations, but it was also the culmination of a long process, and reflected the department's commitment to its ... More


Postal Digressions: Mail and Sexual Scandal

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The 1889 Cleveland Street Scandal turned post boys into rent boys and suggested an institutional likeness between the Post Office and the brothel. Governmental investigations revealed that this was ... More


The Political Response to Market Failure: Railways and Other National Communications Networks 1870–1914

James Foreman-Peck and Robert Millward

in Public and Private Ownership of British Industry 1820–1990

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203599
eISBN:
9780191675881
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203599.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

Judged by productivity growth, capital costs, and continuing controversies over freight rates, the railway policy in Britain after 1870 proved to be none too effective. The need for a policy on ... More


‘Frustrations, Difficulties, and Deadlock’

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I: The Birth of Broadcasting

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192129260
eISBN:
9780191670008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the problems, difficulties, and frustrations of the British Broadcasting Corporation in its early existence from 1923 to 1925. It suggests that the dispute between the BBC and ... More


“This Little Queen’s Head Can’t Be Untrue”: Trollope’s Postal Infidelities

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Anthony Trollope wrote twenty-one of his forty-seven novels while simultaneously holding down a full-time appointment in the General Post Office. He also invented the pillar-box. For Trollope, and ... More


The Company is Formed

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I: The Birth of Broadcasting

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192129260
eISBN:
9780191670008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on the formation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company was formed on October 18, 1922, was registered on December 15, 1922, and received its license from the ... More


Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Kate Thomas

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In 1889 uniformed post boys were found moonlighting in a West End brothel frequented by men of the upper classes. "The Cleveland Street Scandal" erupted and Victorian Britain was gripped by the ... More


Negotiations Continue

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I: The Birth of Broadcasting

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192129260
eISBN:
9780191670008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses the manufacturers' formation of a deputation to continue the negotiation with the British Post Office for the founding of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The ... More


Why the Victorians Needed a Revolution in Letter Writing

Catherine J. Golden

in Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033792
eISBN:
9780813039336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033792.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter looks at postal reform stories that appear, for example, in Rowland Hill's pivotal 1837 pamphlet Post Office Reform: Its Importance and Practicability, reports from the Mercantile ... More


All Red Routes: Blood Brotherhood and the Post in Doyle, Kipling, and Stoker

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The British empire was made of colonies marked red on the map; an infamously disparate geography that was governed at a distance. These colonies were linked by a vast web of telegraph and postal ... More


Playing Post Office Mail in Urban Space

in The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327204
eISBN:
9780226327228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter considers some of the public settings in which the postal revolution unfolded. Especially before 1863 (when the United States inaugurated free home delivery in large cities), urban post ... More


The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Susan Whyman

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

The Pen and the People shows how 18th-century men and women learned to write letters, why and how they used them, and the impact of letter writing on their lives and the wider culture. ... More


Postscript: Henry James’s Public Servant

Kate Thomas

in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199730919
eISBN:
9780199918461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730919.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter is a reading of the female civil servant as a queer agent in Henry James’ 1898 novella In the Cage. This novella’s central trope of "queer extensions" of experience and self are likened ... More


Talking Back and Taking Flight

Cynthia Grant Tucker

in No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195390209
eISBN:
9780199866670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390209.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

By 1915, the half‐empty pews in the Portland church are a miniature of the big institutional picture. Efforts to bring in more men have had little effect, and many women have left for more empowering ... More


Conclusion Looking Forward from the Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing to Information Technologies Today

Catherine J. Golden

in Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033792
eISBN:
9780813039336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033792.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines George Elgar Hicks's 1860 painting The General Post Office, One Minute to Six as a lens through which to explore how epistolary communication of the nineteenth century and ... More


Institutional collaboration in the creation of digital linguistic resources: the case of the British Telecom correspondence corpus

Ralph Morton and Hilary Nesi

in Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781447341895
eISBN:
9781447341970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0011
Subject:
Business and Management, Knowledge Management

This chapter discusses the creation of the British Telecom Correspondence Corpus (BTCC), a searchable database of letters taken from the public archives of British Telecom (BT) that were written by ... More


Introduction: The Pen, The Post, and The People

Susan E. Whyman

in The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

This introductory chapter shows how a culture of letters and literacy that included lower and middling-sort letter writers was created in England by 1800. It examines the epistolary tradition in ... More


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