Saturday, January 16, 2010

Parcel post toddler

Parcel post toddler postcard

This fantastic postcard came to me via a Sendsomething correspondent. I've seen and admired the image before; it is in the collection of the National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian. You can find out more about the original image here, but here's the gist:

"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."


  1. Yeah, but he said nothing about adults. I'm sure I could get to Hawaii if I put myself in a box with enough stamps.

  2. I love old photographs, and this is a wonderful postcard made of an old photo!
    Strange if someone really was sending children via post, but good to know, that it was then immediatelly forbidden! :)

  3. I saw this picture in one of the issues of the Letter Exchange last year. Since we started our subscription to it at the same time Ilona I know you must have seen this image there too.

  4. Wasn't there something in the news a few years ago about someone who shipped himself in a crate via Federal Express or UPS?