Harry Furniss Penny Post Jubilee Envelope

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The Post Office issue Penny Post Jubilee envelope that was skilfully caricatured in 1890 by the Cartoonist Harry Furniss. He did this in support of postmen who were striking at the time of the Jubilee celebrations. Their complaint was that they were expected to work for long hours at low pay and because of the times that they had to be on duty they found it impossible to get a second job to supplement their income. The envelope suggests that postmen had to work even harder in 1890 than 50 years previously, with the profits going to the Treasury (who owned and ran the Post Office) rather than the postmen themselves.