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Mechanisation, like this letter sorting machine introduced at Newport Head Post Office

Mechanisation, like this letter sorting machine introduced at Newport Head Post Office


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Mechanisation, like this letter sorting machine introduced at Newport Head Post Office

Mechanisation, like this letter sorting machine introduced at Newport Head Post Office last year has eased the burden of high labour costs but there is a limit to what it can achieve. February 1971

Media ID 21856372

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Letters Mail Newport Post Post Office Royal Mail Sorting Technology 1971


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This print captures the dawn of mechanisation at Newport Head Post Office in February 1971. The introduction of this state-of-the-art letter sorting machine marked a significant milestone for the Royal Mail, as it aimed to alleviate the burden of high labor costs. As men diligently work alongside this impressive piece of technology, one cannot help but marvel at its potential to revolutionize the postal industry. In an era defined by technological advancements, this photograph serves as a poignant reminder that there are limits to what mechanisation can achieve. While undoubtedly efficient and time-saving, it is crucial to recognize that human touch and intuition remain invaluable in certain aspects of postal operations. The scene depicted here showcases Wales embracing progress while preserving its rich history. Against the backdrop of Newport's post office, where countless letters have been sorted over centuries, modernity intertwines with tradition. Nigel Hill's keen eye has immortalized this momentous occasion, capturing not just a snapshot in time but also the spirit of innovation and hard work. As we reflect on this image from Memory Lane Prints, let us appreciate how far technology has come since then. May it serve as a testament to our ability to adapt and evolve without losing sight of our roots – reminding us that even amidst automation's rise, human ingenuity will forever be an indispensable force shaping our world.

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