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Uniformed Letter Carrier with Child in Mailbag

Description: This city letter carrier posed for a humorous photograph with a young boy in his mailbag. After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

 

Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer

 

Medium: Black and white photographic print

 

Culture: American

 

Geography: USA

 

Date: 1900

 

Collection: U.S. Postal Employees

 

Persistent URL: arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=2&cmd=1&id=194274

 

Repository: National Postal Museum

 

Accession number: A.2006-22

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Taken on May 14, 2008