Unusual Mail

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Uniformed Letter Carrier with Child in Mailbag

My Care Package Lists show some pretty unusual items to mail, but this might be the most unusual thing I've ever heard of-




Looking for some other strange postal trivia? Look no further:


  • Did you know that the Postal Service used to have a "mascot?" Owney the postal dog spent many years travelling the rails to guard bags of mail being transported, and now is the hero of five children's books. You can still see his preserved body at the Smithsonian  surely one of the museums more, um, unusual sites!



  • Did you know there was a National Postal Museum? And their website has a "This Day in Postal History..." series too.

16 comments

  1. That is odd! I wish it was that cheap to travel nowadays ;)

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  2. That is so funny! I can just picture a child with a stamp on their forehead! I love that the dog was their mascot too. I didn't know any of these things. So interesting!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, I guess a stray dog just started riding in with the mail, staying and protecting it and eventually the post offices of the area just sort of adopted him!

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  3. Interesting post! Learn something new every day :)

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    xoxo Sarah Beth

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    1. Yes, you do!

      I looked at your sight- What a fun project to do with charities by the way.

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  4. OMG I thought I Had heard it all! Wow those were some bloody cheapskates!

    Ali of:

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  5. That is so crazy! Mailing children? I wonder how that even worked back then... Love all the trivia!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. Basically, the kids just travelled by train, but in the mail car instead of the passenger section. The parents sent dinner pails and money for more food with, I gathered.

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  6. What?! That's the craziest and most disturbing thing I've heard in a while.....eek. I think the postal dog mascot should have lived on :-)

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    1. It would have been cute if there were dogs riding with the mail all the time, right?

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  7. Hmm I'd def be interested in hearing mroe about how the mailing children thing worked. that is crazy! what if the person didnt want it? would they pretend it was a wrong address to return to sender? haha. love the mascot too, function and a really cute pup!
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    1. If you follow the link, it will tell you more about it, but basically, the two times it happened parents used it as cheap transportation. I think in both cases the kids were visiting their grandparents. They attached the stamp with a pin to their clothes and gave the kids dinner pails. They rode with the mail car.

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  8. Did the postal workers have to do diaper duty?

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  9. Well, the kids who were actually sent by mail were 4 or so....so, no.

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