Postal workers who made their mark on Britain

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After 6 months of refusing to fly the swastika on their backs, British postmen proved that ‘real men’ could do it all.

Meet the men who responded to appeals to take up collection for the influenza pandemic relief fund…

Gene Singer, (left) and Dougie Prentice, Mail & Guardian. “Three big Yorkshire lads from Leeds, Councillor Councillor Jim Inman was their leader, who spoke eloquently on behalf of the Freedom Fruits Roadshow, where they were photographed signing their name and other memorabilia and collecting envelopes.”

“We have been made to understand that we were listed on some announcements, by word of mouth. Among other things, we asked the presenter, ‘What’s the best morose expression?’ Fortunately, it was suggested we wear ‘the expressions of relieved relief you saw on the faces of thousands of people suffering under the flu epidemic in America?’”

“This was a popular happening. It was a gesture of compassion by a young team of postal workers, who would have been mature gentlemen in 1920.”

“The Inman family were influential figures in the Daily Mail family, with which family the newspaper is affiliated. Councillor Tom Inman was a former mayor of Bradford.”

“In the early 1930s, Mrs Dorinda Owen, who wore a badge commemorating the Annunciation, was heavily infected. Several months later, she had an impromptu conference with Cardinal Ratzinger in the hospital. When he turned round to look at her his curtsey had turned completely up and there was a large leak through the wedding band clasp.”

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