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Postal Scales - Miniature Sheet

Miniature Sheet
GBP £3.84
Technical details
  • 13.11.2017
  • Pierre Barra
  • Offset, taille douce
  • 26 x 40 mm
  • €4.38
About Postal Scales

These six weighing instruments for parcels and couriers, for domestic use (for the Roberval type letter scale and pocket letter scale) or used in postal services (Roman scales, balance scales, wicket scales and trébuchet weighing scales) are from the collections of the Musée de la Poste. Dated from the end of the 19th to the mid 20th century, they illustrate the evolution of La Poste and its users after the simplification of the pricing of the sending of folds from 1849 (creation of the postage stamp and abandonment of the rate calculated according to the distance traveled), which prompted many individuals to equip themselves with small scales in order to be able to stamp their mail at home.