A member sent this photo, from 1894, showing a British postman with his horse and mail cart.

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The photo’s caption reads as follows:

“The last London-based mail coach, between London and Norwich, ceased running in April 1846. However, the use of horses by the Post Office continued for another hundred years. The photograph shows a postman, horse, and cart used on a rural delivery route in 1894. From the 1840s, railways carried the mail across the country. But local delivery needed an efficient road service, still driven by the efforts of horses. The Post Office preferred not to run its own service; instead, the individual routes were contracted out. Successful applicants provided horses, vans (to Post Office specifications), and driver, who were provided with a Post Office uniform.”

Bob (who sent us the photo) also¬†reports that, according to Post office specifications, the horses should be “… from 15 to 16 hands, … clean-limbed trotters, rising five …”