June 20, 2008

American Post Office, @)#($* YEAH! Children In The Mail

kid_in_mailbag_si.jpg

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
To mail children via parcel post
by sewing stamps to their clothing.
But then the Postmaster General did stand up!
And changed the regulations
about mailing kids.
God Bless The U.S.A!

Photo c. 1913 from the National Postal Museum Smithsonian archive: Uniformed Letter Carrier with Child in Mailbag [flickr via jason]
lol: "See all public content tagged with childinmailbag" [flickr]
sure matches the photo: "The original" leather postal messenger, recreated by J. Crew, $795 [jcrew.com]

3 Comments

Looks like someone's having a bad hair day. Poor baby, must have felt this mailman's sullen mood. :(

That bag could also be this:

the J. Peterman Counterfeit Mailbag

I wonder how they'd work as a diaper bag?

[nice, and just $298. Now I wonder if J. Press makes one, too. -ed.]

It is remarkable how different life was four generations ago. The lives our great-great and great grandparents led is alien to us. I wonder if that held true for them as well?.?

[presumably, you couldn't mail a baby in 1813 the way you could in 1913, so yeah. -ed.]

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