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Letter from the Ambassador of Two Sicily Kingdom
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Letter to Coira
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Letter to rectors of Ten council
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Letter from the Ambassador of the Two Sicily Kingdom
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Stamped letter with Penny Black
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The real guide for who travels
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Letter from the Ambassador of the Two Sicily kingdom
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Pass of health care of Bergamo
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Henry Alken - Four in Hand
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Writing set
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Postal Balance
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rotating heads IBM for electronic typewriter
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Personal computer Olivetti
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Torquato Tasso - Conquered Jerusalem
Letter from the Ambassador of Two Sicily Kingdom
Letter to Coira
post horn
Letter to rectors of Ten council
Letter from the Ambassador of the Two Sicily Kingdom
Stamped letter with Penny Black
The real guide for who travels
Letter from the Ambassador of the Two Sicily kingdom
Pass of health care of Bergamo
Henry Alken - Four in Hand
Writing set
Postal Balance
rotating heads IBM for electronic typewriter
Personal computer Olivetti
Torquato Tasso - Conquered Jerusalem

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The image you see is a postal-themed engraving, preserved in the museum, published in 1842 in the book "The Life of a sportsman" by Charles James Apperley (also known as Nimrod). The drawings are by the English painter and engraver Henry Thomas Alken (1785 - 1851) known for his sporting illustrations dedicated mainly to horses and hunting. "Four in Hand" or shot four, shows a stagecoach pulled by four horses, in which it is curious to note that the passengers also traveled outside the carriage. This was possible thanks to the modifications and modernizations that passenger transport had at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Technical innovations made it possible to increase the weight carried and increase the speed of the vehicle. Moreover, thanks to the introduction of the brakes on the rear wheels, a figure of our fairytale imagination was born: the coachman. The coachman drove the horses from above, as you can see in the image, and replaced the figure of the postillion who drove the stagecoach sitting directly on one of the draft horses. The literature is full of anecdotes about stagecoach travel, such as that of the English romantic writer Leigh Hunt. The writer describes the journey by postal coach as democratic: "a stimulus to the development of a good liberal spirit, since the passengers are so variously mixed with it, so occasionally paired [...] so eager to spend together and with delight a certain period of time [...] that it is difficult for them not to get used to talking, or perhaps to think kindly of their neighbors ".

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