Photograph of rural carrier in automobile at mailboxes

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    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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    1. Shawn Wolfe 52 months ago | reply

      Wow. He's got chains on those rear wagon wheels. Amazing that we still use them a hundred years later.

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