Getting the Mail in Stanley, 1913

This is an interesting picture that hints at the crude state of the island infrastructure of the islands immediately before the First World War. It says that they are travelling to Stanley to pick up the mail. In an era before aircraft, they relied on shipping to bring in the mail. The schedule of the ships would be known, although weather could delay the shipping on occasion. In 1911, the islands had their first radio telegraph system opened, although the costs to send and receive messages would have been prohibitively expensive for most.

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