“Hey, Mister Mailman, are you going to deliver me home?”
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.
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