Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing by Catherine J Golden

Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

byCatherine J Golden

Kobo ebook | October 4, 2009

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Although "snail mail" may seem old fashioned and outdated in the twenty-first century, Catherine Golden argues that the creation of the Penny Post in Victorian England was just as revolutionary in its time as e-mail and text messages are today.

Until Queen Victoria instituted the Postal Reform Act of 1839, mail was a luxury affordable only by the rich. Allowing anyone, from any social class, to send a letter anywhere in the country for only a penny had multiple and profound cultural impacts.

Golden demonstrates how cheap postage--which was quickly adopted in other countries--led to a postal "network" that can be viewed as a forerunner of computer-mediated communications. Indeed, the revolution in letter writing of the nineteenth century led to blackmail, frauds, unsolicited mass mailings, and junk mail--problems that remain with us today.

Title:Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter WritingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 4, 2009Publisher:University Press Of FloridaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813047889

ISBN - 13:9780813047881

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