INTERNATIONAL POSTAL REFORM: An Application of the Principles of Rowland Hill to the International Postal System

  • James I. CampbellJr.
  • Roger Tabor
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 8)


Although many nineteenth century figures are better known than Rowland Hill, few had a more beneficial effect upon civilization. His thoughtful analysis of the British Post Office resulted in the establishment of the first inexpensive, universal system for communications available to all members of society. Modern post offices allude romantically to Persian messengers and Roman couriers, to seventeenth century proclamations and ringers of bells in cockaded hats. But these allusions are fundamentally misleading to the modern mind. What we think of as postal service began in 1840, a magnificent English innovation soon copied by all countries in the world.


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  • James I. CampbellJr.
  • Roger Tabor

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