Lambert Twent, postmaster of Delft, and his sons. By Martin de la Court, 1695.

Lambert Twent, postmaster of Delft, and his sons. By Martin de la Court, 1695.

Courtesy of Museum voor Communicatie, The Hague, The Netherlands

Writing and sealing accoutrements

Writing and sealing accoutrements

A folded letter is sealed with hot red wax (left); a bundle of letters is tied together, ready for dispatch (middle); the postmaster manages his account books (right).

 

Post courier traveling by horse, sounding the horn.

Post courier traveling by horse, sounding the horn.