Number of items sent through the post 1839-1901

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Data is taken from Postmaster Generals reports.

Year Chargeable Letters Postcards Parcels Notes
1839 75,900,000
1840 168,800,000 Uniform Penny Postage introduced
1845 271,400,000
1850 347,100,000
1855 456,216,000
1860 564,002,000
1865 720,467,000
1870 862,722,000 October 1870: Postcards introduced
1871 867,000,000 75,000,000
1875 1,008,392,000 87,116,000
1880-81 1,165,167,000 122,884,000 August 1883: Parcel post introduced
1885-86 1,403,500,000 171,300,000 26,417,422
1890-91 1,705,800,000 229,700,000 46,287,956
1895-96 1,834,200,000 314,500,000 60,527,000 September 1894: Illustrated postcards permitted
1900-01 2,323,600,000 419,000,000 87,017,000

Source: “Victorian Innovation”, published by The Postal Heritage Trust, 2005

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