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Photograph of rural carrier in automobile at mailbox

Date: c. 1905


Object number: A.2010-1


Medium: paper; photo-emulsion


Dimensions (Unframed): 2 1/4” x 4 1/2"



An unidentified, enterprising Rural Free Delivery (RFD) carrier tries out a car on his snowy route to show off for a Post Office Department photographer. The Department hoped to encourage carriers to replace their horses and wagons with the latest in transportation technology. Few carriers did so. Vehicles at the time were not yet adequate replacements for horses, wagons, and sleds on rural roads.


Photographer: Unknown


Place: United States of America


Collection Description: Transportation/Motorized


Credit line: National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection


Photographer: Unknown


Repository: National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection


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Taken on December 23, 2010