Letter Carrier in Mailster Vehicle
Description: City letter carrier seated in a three-wheeled "mailster" motor vehicle. Carriers used these vehicles to carry the ever-increasing amounts of mail that was being delivered to American households after end of the Second World War. The mailster worked best in temperate climates or on even terrain. In other areas, they sometimes did not work at all. Northern carriers, immobilized in as little as three inches of snow, also complained of the vehicles' inability to heat properly. The three-wheel design left mailsters susceptible to tipping over if cornering over 25 miles per hour or if caught in a wind gust. One carrier complained that his mailster was tipped over by a large dog.
Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer
Medium: Black and white photographic print
Collection: U.S. Mail Trucks
Repository: National Postal Museum
Accession number: A.2008-32
Persistent URL: arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=2&cmd=1&id=194384