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Conclusion Looking Forward from the Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing to Information Technologies Today

Catherine J. Golden

in Posting It

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033792
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033792.003.0007
Conclusion Looking Forward from the Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing to Information Technologies Today

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This chapter examines George Elgar Hicks's 1860 painting The General Post Office, One Minute to Six as a lens through which to explore how epistolary communication of the nineteenth century and information technologies in the later twentieth and twenty-first centuries interweave in integral ways. It cites the relevance of four clusters of details and figures in the painting — a lady holding a letter with stamps, signaling innovation; a lost child and four patrons rushing to make the last post, symbolizing bewilderment and anxiety; a pickpocket, an image of criminality; and a policeman, standing for law and order — to illuminate what the current information revolution has inherited from the Victorian revolution in letter writing.

Keywords: information technologies; George Elgar Hicks; letter writing; Post Office

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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