At 162 years old the Barbados Postal Service continues to be useful with a dependable daily service to more 100,000 households across the island despite the onset of warp-speed Internet information and fast couriers.
Barbadians Tuesday night heard of the history of this vital service, from opening of the main post office in Lancaster Lane, Bridgetown and 10 branches throughout the parishes, the crucial role played in delivery of remittances from Panama creating an early 20th century social revolution, to the fact of its prolonged relevance today, as told by Professor Henry Fraser.
“There is a huge modern industry of couriers in little vans and jet planes. but in spite of competition from commercial delivery services our Barbados post can boast of door-to-door delivery to more than 60,000 households, and I believe when that estimate was made, it was conservative. There are probably 100,000 households in Barbados. Every day you see a new house or 10 new houses somewhere . . . .” he told an audience that included Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, in the courtyard of the Barbados Museum.
Postmaster General Jewel Brathwaite said while there were a lot of challenges because of “the proliferation of technological gadgets”, “the post has to move on”.