Back in the early 1900s, some families decided to send their kids through the mail. Learn more about this unusual practice after the break.
Sending packages to distant places became easier in 1913 thanks to the US Parcel Post Service. Since the service was new and the regulations had some loopholes, some families saw this as an opportunity to save some money when traveling. A few families decided to send their kids through the postal service to reach a certain destination.
Such was the case with May Piestorff, a 4-year old girl who travelled from Grangeville to Lewiston in Idaho. Her parents decided to mail her instead of buying a train ticket since sending a package was cheaper than buying a train ticket for her. Because there was no clause in the regulations of the post office for this, May was able to reach her destination through a parcel post service. The regulations only stated that packages to be sent should not be more than 50 lbs and May was about 1 lb shy of the weight limit. She was put in the mail compartment of the train and travelled with postal stamps on her clothes.
There were several instances of this so the Postmaster General decided to change the regulations and ban sending children through the parcel service.
May Piestorff is now the subject of a children’s book by Michael O. Tunnell, Mailing May.
The picture below was taken as a humorous statement after the ban of delivering children took effect.
This article is a tribute to the street and humanist photographer Sabine Weiss. Considered a living legend in street photography, she likes to photograph daily lives of people, trying to capture the emotions she recognizes around her. Weiss like to photograph people of all ages but she especially loves to take photos of children, masterfully immortalizing their spontaneous gestures and emotions. For this article, I was inspired by one of her rare sports photos of some children practicing judo. Do you want to know more about this great artist? Well, read on!
Photographs with sprocket holes exposed are practically a dime a dozen these days but, of course, this wasn't the case more than 50 years ago. However, former freelance photographer Michael Ciavolino was already able to create one of the earliest examples of this technique back in the early '60s in his groundbreaking photograph called "Boat Ride, Rye Beach." Find out the fascinating story behind this photo, as well as how and why he did it in this exclusive Lomography feature!
Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.
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Get a glimpse of the haunting practice that dates back to the Victorian era through the haunting post-mortem and mourning photographs, as well as other related ephemera, documented in this upcoming book.
A recent lunchtime break turned into a big analogue adventure when I took the Lomo'Instant camera out with the Splitzer and captured a gloriously sunny day in the heart of Soho, London. I learned a couple of great tips about shooting with this new accessory. Read on to find out more.
In my early adolescence, I liked to play table football. For my 12th birthday, my parents gifted me with a wonderful Subbuteo table soccer game set that I had wished for many months! This was my favorite toy until I discovered other interesting hobbies, like ham radio and electronics. So after some years, I gave away this game to other kids. I always remembered this game with pleasure and a hint of nostalgia.
The great American photographer David Burnett is famous for his unusual photos of sports competitions. He uses a tilt-shift lens to create miniature fakes, or a simple Holga camera to shoot in black and white. To write this tribute, I used my Holga to take some pictures of amateur sport activities around my city. Take a look after the jump.
Going away for the weekend is always fun, especially if, like me, you live abroad and go back to visit your home city! For my walk through Milan, I decided to bring with me the Lomo’Instant because well, I just love it! Here are my thoughts after this special weekend!