The advent of the parcel

As the postal network became increasingly developed, both businesses and individuals were keen to send parcels in the post. This led to the introduction of Parcel Post in 1883. One consequence of this change was that the term ‘Letter Carrier’ became redundant, replaced with ‘postman’. The increased workload led to demands for higher pay. In 1889, the Post Office made postmen’s wages a minimum of 18 shillings a week (the equivalent of about £90 today).