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Photograph of Seward and Susitna [Alaska] mail team

Date: 1913

 

Object number: A.2009-35

 

Medium: postcard stock; photo-emulsion

 

Description: An unidentified mail contractor and his dog sled team on this photographic postcard are pictured at rest while moving a load of mail between Seward (on the Kenai Peninsula) and Susitna, Alaska, a few miles northwest of Anchorage. Dog sleds transported mail in some areas of the northern United States and the Alaskan Territory during winter months. Contract carriers used these sleds across Alaska from the late nineteenth century into the early 1920s. Isolated for much of the year, remote populations sometimes relied on dog sleds for contact with the outside world. Because weight was a critical factor for the dogs, mail traveling on sleds was usually restricted to first-class pieces unless room was available for newspapers, magazines, and packages. These items were otherwise left behind until spring, when they might be transported by steamboat or wagon. National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Louis H. Pedersen

 

Place: United States of America

     Alaska

 

See more items in: National Postal Museum Collection

 

Credit line: National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

 

Photographer: Louis H. Pedersen

 

Persistent URL:http://www.arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=2&cmd=1&id=207599

 

Repository:National Postal Museum

 

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