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Celebrating 100 years of the Travelling Post Office (1938)

The growth of the railways was the single biggest step change in the speed at which mail could be delivered cross country. To further increase the pace of mail delivery, the Travelling Post Office (TPO) service, where mail was sorted in specially adapted train carriages on the move, operated from 1838 to 2004.

This photograph was taken at the TPO centenary dinner held at the Savoy Hotel, London on 28 March 1938. It was donated by the daughter of William Frederick Cook, the secretary of The Guild of Postal Sorters, who attended the dinner.