E is for…

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Expressman
I have mentioned my particular inclination towards paper and packages, so when I came across the profession of an expressman I felt a certain closeness to it. Perhaps I’m adding a little too much romance to this early postman or courier, but the image I’m conjuring has a certain ruggedness attached. The duty of an expressman was to see the safe passage of a train’s gold or currency, so they’d accompany the cargo in a specially allocated car. Add into the mix that the expressman would often have to memorise the safe’s combination and sometimes armed himself and I’m sure you start to understand the mysterious allure of this character. Of course today, perhaps some of that mystery has diminished from the postman’s job description, but I feel like there is still a glimmer of intrigue that goes hand in hand with sorting & delivering the mail.

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Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 29, 2019

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