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.
Place: United States of America
Collection Description: Transportation/Motorized
Credit line: National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection