[LSFF] Angående portokostnader

Tommy Persson tpe at ida.liu.se
Fri Mar 12 01:47:25 CET 2010

Angående diskussion på pubmöte så verker det som om det kan ha kostat
1 shilling att skicka ett vanligt enkelpapprigt brev under den
tidsperiod jag pratade om (Regency).

   During the wars against France (1793-1815) the income was regarded
   as a tax levied to help the war effort, but once Napoleon had been
   defeated, there was a backlash of feeling against the high
   rates. By this time, it was often hard to decide if it was worth
   sending a letter at all: the cost of a letter could be as much as a
   day's wages for a working man. It became a matter of importance to
   get around the cost in one way or another. For instance it was
   cheaper to send a letter from London to Scotland by the coastal
   shipping - 8 pence instead of by road which cost 13½ pence


Så runt 1 shilling. Det går 20 shilling på ett pund.

   For instance, a maid servant in Regency times could earn anything
   from £5-15 a year, including room and board, often also working
   clothes. Persons in domestic service were comparatively well off
   when contrasted with factory workers or the dress makers
   apprentices who made hardly enough to starve on. The middle and
   upper classes could not conceive an income of less than £100 a year
   for a single person, or £200 for a couple. If your income was less
   than this you probably had to work for a living.

Med 100 pund om året så var ett brev 1/2000-del av
årsinkomsten. Betydligt dyrare än idag. Och för lågavlönade
tjänstefolk kunde ett brev kosta en dagsinkomst att skicka.

/Tommy Persson

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