The British Empire Study Group invites you to join us on Thursday, February 11th 2021 at 6 PM EST for a FREE webinar
The Penny Post: Before Stamps Were Forever by Catherine Golden
The postage stamp was as revolutionary to the Victorians as email and texting have been to us today. In early Victorian Britain, letter writing was the only way to communicate with someone across distances, but the recipient—not the sender—paid to receive a letter, which could cost a week's wages. The Penny Post turned letter writing from a privilege for the wealthy into an affordable means of communication. There is a dark side, however; the Penny Post became a tool for blackmail, slander, unsolicited mass mailings, and junk mail—Victorian problems that remain relevant to our lives today.
Join the British Empire Study Group on February 11th at 6 pm (EST) as we host Catherine J. Golden, professor of English and the Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters at Skidmore College. Her book Posting It received the 2010 DeLong Book History Prize for the best book on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, or uses of script or print awarded by SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) and the Vermeil Medal from the Chicago Philatelic Society at CHICAGOPEX 2011.
Following the webinar we will have an open discussion with Catherine.