MORE then 120 years ago, the newly opened Great Southern Railway replaced horse-drawn mail coaches.
The Post Office announced with great pride that a letter could be delivered from Albany to Perth in 18 hours. Sadly, something has slipped. Recently, a letter I posted in Mt Lawley was delivered four working days later in Como - about onetenth of the distance from Albany to Perth.
So much for "progress", like an airmail letter from Mt Lawley reaching London the day before the delivery of one sent to Sydney.
Moreover, watch your pocket sending anything bigger than a letter overseas.
The cost of a padded bag and sea mail for posting an illustrated Australian diary to an English friend amounted to well over the price of the gift. How can pensioners with relatives overseas keep up with postage costs? MICHAEL JARDINE, Mt Lawley.