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