Pouty-lipped baby looking worried while carried in a messenger bag by a uniformed mailman

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"Hey, Mister Mailman, are you going to deliver me home?"

Photo via Smithsonian Institution on Flickr

If you fear about the baby being “mailed” to some far away state or country, don’t worry, the mailman in uniform was only posing with the baby sticking out from his mailbag for a photographic attempt at humor!

The photo above, taken in the early 1900s, is part of the U.S. Postal Employees photo collection of the Smithsonian Institution. However, the Smithsonian also said that after the parcel post service was introduced in 1913, there were at least two children who were “mailed” through the service, with stamps attached to their clothes. The children rode along with railway and city carriers to reach their destination. Their parents/guardians/custodians must have gone bollocks, whether they could not afford train tickets or just wanted to try what could be sent through the mail!

Fortunately, the Postmaster General found out and took action immediately, issuing a regulation prohibiting the sending of children through the postal service.

Like these random vintage photos? See more articles from the Overly Descriptive Title series in the Lomography Magazine!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-07-31 in #lifestyle #smithsonian-institution #postal-service #history #mailman #mail #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #baby #1900

2 Comments

  1. headlock
    headlock ·

    I always love the descriptive titles, they always sound so random that I just can't ignore the urge to have a look!

  2. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @headlock Great to know you enjoy reading the articles from the Overly Descriptive Titles series! :)

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