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    • A female skin-diver puts a plastic letter into a post box set up at a depth of 10 meters on bottom of the sea off the coast of Susami, Wakayama Prefecture 07 July 1999.
    • A postman stops and looks at a flooded street in Lowestoft, in the east of England, on December 6, 2013 after a tidal surge hit locations along the east coast of Britain.
    • Germany's most northerly post skipper Fiede Nissen, left, and his colleague Andreas Oberauer who is said to be Germany's most northerly postman bring packages and letters to the residents of the tiny island of Groede in the North Sea on Tuesday, Dec.5, 2006.
    • A postman steers his motorcycle through fresh snow in Aigle, Canton of Vaud, western Switzerland, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008.
    • In this photograph taken on June 11, 2013, Afghan postman Mohammad Rahim delivers letters to a resident in the Kart-e-Sakhi neighbourhood of Kabul.
    • Postman Alexei Tryapitsin brings packages and letters to villagers in the Kenozersky national part in Russia's Arkhangelsk region.
    • A Thai postman (R) walks through floodwaters at a market in Bangkok on October 27, 2010.
    • Australia postman George Johnstone pauses for a quiet moment with his two-year-old pet Cockatoo Bob as he delivers the mail in the Hunter Valley town of Aberdeen, in New South Wales, 03 January 2008.
    • A postman crosses the flooded Saint-Mark's Square in Venice on November 3, 2009.
    • A Chinese postal worker leaves with his bike after delivering mail to a fashion salon decorated with a porcelain dog drinking a US soda out of a straw 16 February 2000 in Beijing.
    • Iraqi postman Abu Ali rides through Baghdad, 09 January 2007.
    • A Pakistani postal worker carries posts at a railway station in Lahore on October 8, 2017, ahead of the World Post Day.
    • Paqui (L), a Spanish postal service's employee, speaks with a local resident as she delivers mail in Arriate, near Malaga, on October 2, 2013.
    • The postman goes on with his round despite floods in the village of Chanxhe, near Liege,  28 January 2002, after heavy rains caused floods in many areas of Belgium.
    • A helmeted postman on a motorcycle rumbles past flattened buildings at Wajima, one of the areas hit hardest in Ishikawa prefecture (state), northern Japan, on Monday March 26, 2007.
    • A Brazilian postman delivers letters in Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro on October 4, 2013.
    • A postwoman drags her mail cart on a snow-covered street during a winter storm in New York on February 9, 2017.
    • An official of the 'Magyar Posta' (Hungarian Post Company) Bernadett Kasza delivers a letter to a man in her district in Budapest on October 18, 2013.
    • Postman Filip Filipovic brings groceries on October 7, 2013 to a family near Kursumlijska Banja, some 300 km south of the capital Belgrade.
    • A postman brings mail to residents of Le Markstein in the Vosges mountains in France
    • A postwoman brings mail to residents of Borovoye village in Russia's Novosibirsk region.
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    A female skin-diver puts a plastic letter into a post box set up at a depth of 10 meters on bottom of the sea off the coast of Susami, Wakayama Prefecture 07 July 1999.

    When did you last time receive a letter? Not an electronic message but a letter that was written on paper by hand?

    9 October marks the World Post Day. It was established by the Universal Postal Union at a congress in Tokyo in 1969 to highlight the importance of the postal services. 

    If you think that in the era of the Internet postmen are no longer needed, have a look at our photo gallery to realise how mistaken you have been. 

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