Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Till 1913 - possible to ship children through mail

Posted by the Smithsonian Institute - a very interesting photograph taken about 1900. Some special delivery this was! No more waiting for the stork - the kids came through the mail ...

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. (Link) via Boing Boing

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