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Photograph of rural carrier in automobile at mailboxes

Date: c. 1910


Object number: A.2010-2


Medium: paper; photo-emulsion


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



Postal officials encouraged Rural Free Delivery (RFD) carriers to replace their horses and wagons with the latest in transportation technology. This unidentified carrier painted his early electric-motored vehicle in the same paint and identification scheme as the RFD wagons of the era. He is, no doubt, only able to complete his wintertime rounds thanks to a snow-plowed road. Automobiles 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