In our days of instant communication, it might appear odd that over a century ago, the Royal Mail was very much NOT ‘snail mail’!
“Commencing on Monday next, 6th inst., there will be on week-days four deliveries of letters and parcels throughout the town instead of three only as hitherto, these will be made at 7.0 and 10.0 a.m., and at 3.0 and 8.0 p.m. A great advantage will be gained inasmuch as the letters now delivered at 12 will be received two hours earlier, and four-fifths of those formerly delivered at 7.0 p.m. will, under the new arrangement, be dealt with at 3.0 p.m. and the delivery at 8.0 p.m. will include all letters posted in the afternoon in the Rural districts served by Stamford, such letters have in the past been delayed until the following morning. It is estimated that not less than 6000 letters a week will be appreciably accelerated. The collections also from the various town boxes will be made more frequently, and will fit in more closely with the different despatches from the Head Office. The first collection will be made between 4.30 and 5.30 a.m., and correspondence will fall into the morning delivery in the Stamford Town and Rural districts an the first despatches to Peterborough and London.”
Stamford Mercury, 3rd April, 1908.