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Stamp Telephone and vision

May 4, 2005

“…. A bit of paper just large enough to bear the stamp, and covered at the back with a glutinous wash, which the bringer might, by applying a little moisture attach to the back of the letter.”

No wonder that you might have guessed it right, that above lines describe a postal stamp. Interesting part about this definition is not that how concise is the definition, but the fact that this definition was provided by Sir Rowland Hill in 1837, at that time it was his vision that postal reforms took place and finally evolved to what we use today. Those were the days when the receiver need to pay for receiving mail and the cost of simple inland mail was also distance dependent; moreover it was limited to premier customers, postal system was not for the masses just because of cost factor. At that time Sir Rowland Hill proposed rules which form the base of our modern postal system. He suggested that if we have uniform cost for all inland mails independent of distance, more people will be able to use the postal system and thus making it even more profitable too, as usual he faced criticism but after initial hiccups things turned out profitable and rest is history. So it’s not just a simple definition but a vision that created history…..

Let me take you from text to voice; from Sir Rowland Hill to Graham Bell; from postal system to telephone. After the invention of telephony and long distance voice transfer, Graham Bell envisioned future something like this


“I believe, in the future, wires will unite the head offices of the telephone company in different cities and a man in one part of the country may communicate by word of mouth with another in distant place.”

Today we have come a long way from what he envisioned…..just wondering….

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