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Mail By Rail

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-02T21:24:54.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Mail By Rail
Description:
Filmed in 1993, Mail By Rail is the story of the Railway Post Office clerks, as told by four ex RPO clerks, Tom Clifton, Harold Coffman, Winston Lark and Don Shenefelt. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/moving-the-mail/mail-by-rail/
Views:
4,305
Video Duration:
4 min 10 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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River of Mail

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-11-02T17:53:26.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
River of Mail
Description:
"River of Mail" is a nine-minute video produced by the Post Office Department in the late 1960s to teach the public about mail processing methods used during the 1960s and early 1970s.
Views:
1,413
Video Duration:
9 min 14 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Loading Mail Car

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-10-14T16:55:57.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Loading Mail Car
Description:
Short silent 1903 film depicting a driver of postal screen wagon unloading mail into Railway Post Office train car. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/2b1c2_screenwagon.html
Views:
294
Video Duration:
54 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Victory Mail

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-02T21:44:23.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Victory Mail
Description:
A short, 1944 newsreel describing V-Mail produced by the Office of War Information. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/victorymail
Views:
616
Video Duration:
2 min 18 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Collecting Mail 1903

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:22:09.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Collecting Mail 1903
Description:
Short film from 1903 showing a letter carrier gathering mail from a street corner package box and Scheble-style mailbox. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.
Views:
654
Video Duration:
44 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Concord-style Mail Coach

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-08-31T22:19:16.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Concord-style Mail Coach
Description:
Concord-style mail coaches remained in use in the United States well into the early 1900s. Elegantly painted in bright colors and decorated with oil paintings on the doors, the fancy wagons were also built to stand up to the demands of the nation's rough and rugged roads. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/collections/object-spotlight/concord-mail-coach.html
Views:
855
Video Duration:
54 sec
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National Postal Museum
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Fast Mail Train

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-10-14T16:53:08.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Fast Mail Train
Description:
Short silent 1903 film depicting two Railway Post Office train cars placed between the engine and the passenger cars. This placement was for the safety of rail passengers. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.
Views:
520
Video Duration:
29 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Mail by Missile

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-12T18:40:59.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Mail by Missile
Description:
Fifty years ago, the US Navy and Post Office Department placed 3,000 letters in a missile on board the USS Barbero submarine and aimed it at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Mayport, Florida. In this slideshow presentation, curator Nancy A. Pope reveals more about this Cold War era mail delivery experiment.
Views:
559
Video Duration:
12 min 4 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Mail by Bus

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-02T21:35:54.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Mail by Bus
Description:
Highway Post Office service was initiated in response to declining railroad traffic in the early 1940s. As the American population grew, use of the highway system grew as well, meaning fewer passengers traveled by rail. This, in turn, meant fewer trains available to carry mail in several parts of the country. The service grew very slowly at first, not really taking-off until the 1950s, when these brightly-colored buses became common sights on American highways. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/moving-the-mail/mail-by-rail/highway-post-office-buses/
Views:
777
Video Duration:
2 min 42 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Pneumatic Mail Canister

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-08-12T20:51:41.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Pneumatic Mail Canister
Description:
Networks of pneumatic tubes speeded mail along under city streets beginning in the 1890s. Mail was enclosed in pneumatic tube canisters that could hold up to 600 letters. The canisters traveled at an average of 35 miles per hour. The first pneumatic tubes were introduced in 1893 in Philadelphia. Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Chicago and St. Louis also used the system. By 1915, these six cities had more than 56 miles of pneumatic tubes pulsing under the streets. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/customers-and-communities/serving-the-cities/city-free-delivery/pneumatic-tube-mail.html
Views:
4,309
Video Duration:
38 sec
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National Postal Museum
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Street Mail Car 1903

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:23:49.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Street Mail Car 1903
Description:
Short 1903 film showing a horse-drawn mail wagon receiving mail from an attached trolley mail car. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.
Views:
599
Video Duration:
1 min 14 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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Throwing Mail Into Bags

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-11-02T20:20:10.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Throwing Mail Into Bags
Description:
Postal workers sorted some mail by tossing it into bags. This short, 57-second, silent video was produced by the "American Mutoscope & Biograph Company" in 1903. Notice the stage backdrop painted to resemble the interior of a post office.
Views:
2,833
Video Duration:
1 min 10 sec
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National Postal Museum
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Train Taking Up Mail Bag from a Mailcrane 1903 (silent video)

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:19:43.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Train Taking Up Mail Bag from a Mailcrane 1903 (silent video)
Description:
Short, silent film demonstrating how "mail-on-the-fly" worked. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/collections/object-spotlight/mail-crane.html
Views:
1,747
Video Duration:
53 sec
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SmithsonianNPM
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National Postal Museum
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SI-Q How did mail smarten up?

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2014-06-11T14:04:20.000Z
Youtube Category:
Science & Technology
Video Title:
SI-Q How did mail smarten up?
Description:
Nancy Pope, curator of postal history at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, answers: How did mail smarten up? See more questions come alive at http://seriouslyamazing.si.edu
Views:
194
Video Duration:
52 sec
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Rural Wagon Delivering Mail 1903

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:29:16.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Rural Wagon Delivering Mail 1903
Description:
A short silent film depicting a 1903 rural letter carrier delivering mail. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.
Views:
1,457
Video Duration:
47 sec
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National Postal Museum
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Missile Mail

Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-07-16T17:10:46.000Z
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
Video Title:
Missile Mail
Description:
Mail delivered by guided missile hinted at secret military capabilities. FROM: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: TOP SECRET: Missile Mail http://bitly.com/1sXvDLr
Views:
443
Video Duration:
2 min 21 sec
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Wagons Loading Mail 1903

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:26:25.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Wagons Loading Mail 1903
Description:
Short 1903 film of screen wagons being loaded with mail at a post office. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/2b1c2_screenwagon.html
Views:
283
Video Duration:
53 sec
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National Postal Museum
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Stagecoaches and the Beginnings of Contract Mail Delivery

Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-09-07T20:04:34.000Z
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Stagecoaches and the Beginnings of Contract Mail Delivery
Description:
America's postal system has always relied on a variety of transportation systems, using contracts with companies to ensure that mail can reach across the nation, binding individuals, families and businesses together through regularly scheduled mail services. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/binding-the-nation/moving-west/stagecoaches-and-mud-wagons.html
Views:
570
Video Duration:
44 sec
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Regulus I Missile Mail container

Medium:
metal; paint (blue, red, white)
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 12 x 13 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (30.48 x 33.66 x 31.75 cm)
Type:
Mail Processing Equipment
Place:
United States of America
Date:
June 8, 1959
Associated Event:
Regulus Missile Mail
Object number:
0.234863.9
Description:
On June 8, 1959, the U.S. Navy fired a Regulus I missile from the USS Barbero submarine and directed it to land at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Mayport, Florida, near Jacksonville. This container, along with a second container, was placed inside the missile prior to the flight. Together the two held 3,000 letters.
The metal containers were painted red and blue, the colors used at the time for mail boxes, and marked "US Mail." Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield posed for photographers as he helped place mail inside these containers. The missile was fired from the submarine shortly before noon and arrived at Mayport twenty-two minutes later.
Ostensibly an experiment in communication transportation, the Regulus’s mail flight sent a subtle signal that, in the midst of the Cold War, the U.S. military was capable of such accuracy in missile flight that it could be considered for use by the post office. The missile employed a then state-of-the-art guidance system that could precisely deliver a thermonuclear weapon from a distance of six hundred miles. The trip from the USS Barbero to Mayport was only one hundred miles in distance, but it helped to illustrate another possible use for the weapons technology. The space used for the containers was space that was originally designed to hold the missile’s nuclear warhead.
Postmaster General Summerfield was ecstatic over the possibilities of postal uses for the technology, claiming that “This peacetime employment of a guided missile for the important and practical purpose of carrying mail is the first known official use of missiles by any post office department of any nation. Before man reaches the moon, mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to Britain, to India or Australia by guided missiles.” Summerfield’s enthusiasm notwithstanding, the 1959 USS Barbero test firing was the only incidence of using a missile to carry mail in the United States.
Reference:
Press releases, Third Assistant Postmaster General files, NPM
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National Postal Museum
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Chain Mail Fragments

Site Name:
Thompson
Donor Name:
Dr Waldo R. Wedel
Object Type:
Chain Mail
Place:
Rice County, Kansas, United States, North America
Accession Date:
1946-May-31
Topic:
Archaeology
Accession Number:
168599
USNM Number:
A389152-0
Specimen Count:
4
Site Number:
14RC9
Record Last Modified:
1 May 2015
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Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
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