Sir: Postmen in shorts? Shiver my timbers! (letter, 8 February). My father, who was a postman in the 1920s, wore a shako with red piping, blue trousers with red piping down the seams, blue jacket buttoned to the neck and regulation, highly polished boots. Summer and winter. I think the regulation uniform relaxed a little in 1935 when the shako was replaced by a peaked cap.
PETER E PAVEY
Hassocks, West Sussex