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Transferring mail from vans to ships (c.1930)

This black and white photographic lantern slide shows postal workers unloading mail bags from a mail van at Liverpool Docks. From the mid-19th century, the carrying of mail had been put into the hands of the commercial shipping lines who were awarded the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) designation. In 1937, the extent of mail transport by ship was graphically illustrated by MacDonald Gill in a specially commissioned Mail Steamship Route map.