Before World War I, women working for the Post Office were only allowed to sort letters. However, four months after the war began 28,000 men left their jobs at the Post Office to join the armed forces. To fill in the gap that was created, women were now allowed to do more than sit in an office and were now able to hit the streets and deliver the posts. No one thought the war would last long but by 1916, it became clear that the men would not come back to their jobs for some time. The Post Office decided that women should have uniforms to go with their new jobs and required them to wear a blue hat, a heavy blue coat a skirt and boots. During the war the government also employed thousands of women as censors to monitor post and telegrams for information that might help catch spies or help fight the enemy. Today these huge numbers of cards created a photographic record of the war and impressions of battle scenes and incidents.
Post by Arvin Ramdas