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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Parcel post

“After parcel post service was introduced, 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.”

A little history is you please:)

Sending packages via the U.S. Parcel Post Service began on January 1, 1913. Regulations stated that packages could not weigh more than 50 pounds but did not necessarily preclude the sending of children. On February 19, 1914, the parents of four-year-old May Pierstorff mailed her from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents in Lewiston, Idaho. Mailing May apparently was cheaper than buying her a train ticket. The little girl wore her 53-cents worth of postal stamps on her jacket as she traveled in the train's mail compartment.
After hearing of examples such as May, the Postmaster General issued a regulation against sending children by mail. This picture was meant as a humorous image to the end of such practice. (Picture courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute.)



Nancy said...

I had no idea - interesting postal history!

Linda said...

History is so amazing!!!

Michelle said...

I have read about this before. Sad!

Bev said...

That is so interesting!!

Granny Annie said...

And I thought I had heard it all. OMG!

Lady Di Tn said...

To bad I know of several children I would like to mail. LOL Peace