Sending Children Through the Mail

From kottke:

This city letter carrier posed for a humorous photograph with a young boy in his mailbag. After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

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One response to “Sending Children Through the Mail

  1. Amazing…a precursor to children travelling alone by plane,bus or train with their name and destination pinned to their clothes !

    Also,
    An infant child was rescued from the wreck of the SS Ethie by travelling ashore placed in a mail bag…but I don’t think postage was required!

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