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Joseph Stevens (1815/6-1906) - help with dating & restoration please
« on: Monday 05 March 18 12:33 GMT (UK) »
This is an image of my 2 great grandfather who was a Letter Carrier/Postman from 1869-1876. I am not sure if the photo was taken when he started or retired from the job - can anyone help date the photo more precisely?

I appreciate that the image is not of the best quality - if it can be cleaned-up, sharpened etc that would be great.

Here is what I have found on the uniform:-

1855 marked the replacement of the letter carrier’s cut away tail coat by a skirted, scarlet frock coat. The identification number was no longer on the buttons but now worn on the collar, while the beaver hat was replaced by a glazed hat modelled on one used by Parisian postmen. Problems with this hat meant the introduction in 1859 of a hard felt hat, which was replaced by the single-peaked shako in 1862. But most importantly, the outfit now included grey trousers, something postmen had previously had to provide themselves, and had been ridiculed for the lack off.

1861 saw a significant change in the uniform as it went from being predominantly red to predominantly blue. The new letter carrier’s uniform consisted of a blue frock coat with a scarlet collar, cuffs and facings, with the initials G.P.O. and the wearer’s number underneath being embroidered in white on each side. The waistcoat was made to match the coat in colour, facings, and buttons. The winter trousers were also of blue cloth, with a broad scarlet stripe on the outer seam of the leg.

In 1862, the single peak shako hat was introduced, covered in a dark blue cloth with red piping, and a straight glazed peak.

In 1868, a military style tunic replaced the frock coat and waistcoat.

Keith

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Re: Joseph Stevens (1815/6-1906) - help with dating & restoration please
« Reply #1 on: Monday 05 March 18 17:25 GMT (UK) »
Could not go further due to low resolution

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Re: Joseph Stevens (1815/6-1906) - help with dating & restoration please
« Reply #2 on: Monday 05 March 18 17:39 GMT (UK) »
I understand Rami - still much better than I had so thank you.  :)

Keith

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Re: Joseph Stevens (1815/6-1906) - help with dating & restoration please
« Reply #3 on: Monday 05 March 18 18:05 GMT (UK) »
Not 1870's. Definitely 1860's. So according with what you've found 1868-69.
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
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Re: Joseph Stevens (1815/6-1906) - help with dating & restoration please
« Reply #4 on: Monday 05 March 18 19:45 GMT (UK) »
Not 1870's. Definitely 1860's. So according with what you've found 1868-69.

Thanks Jim
Keith