A History of the Parcel: Day 1

This week we will be taking a look at how parcel post has developed over the years, with analysis on specific historical changes that have caused the postal service to go from strength to strength. Last month was the 132nd anniversary of the first ever international parcel service and a lot has changed since those days. So whilst you prepare to send your parcel internationally with RAND, we focus on the earliest years of the postal service and how parcel distribution has changed since then.

Thanks to the considerable growth of annual parcel traffic in Britain in the late 19th century, the development of the famous Mount Pleasant Sorting Office gathered serious momentum. At the turn of the century, around 70,000 parcels were being sorted each day and this increased dramatically over the Christmas period. Before long, the Mail Rail service had been built to further increase the distribution of parcels across the country.

Other famous forms of parcel distribution were introduced before any particular service had come into existence, one of which is Balloon Mail, a temporary form of mail that was used during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 to get mail out of Paris during the Siege of Paris. Stephen Smith, a secretary of the Indian Airmail Society, utilised rocket mail up to the mid-20th century.

Clearly the forms of transporting mail have changed drastically over the years, which is why RAND Logistics provide the international postal services that they do. If you need to send a parcel internationally, make the most of RAND’s excellent services today.

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