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Mail By Rail

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-02T21:24:54.000Z
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:
6,318
Video Duration:
4 min 10 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

River of Mail

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-11-02T17:53:26.000Z
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:
1,827
Video Duration:
9 min 14 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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National Postal Museum

Loading Mail Car

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-10-14T16:55:57.000Z
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://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/current/customers-and-communities/serving-the-cities/overcoming-congestion/screen-wagon.html
Views:
330
Video Duration:
54 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Victory Mail

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-02T21:44:23.000Z
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 Transcript: Letters from home; each day millions of them are sent to American servicemen fighting on distant battle fronts. Because a war postal system called V--mail, they can be flown throughout the world reaching distant points safely and with amazing speed. This plane is landing in Italy. Each bag of mail it carries contains 136 thousand letters. Back in America, each letter was reduced to a tiny strip of film. Now near the front, automatic machines and enlarge each overseas letter from sixteen millimeter motion picture negative to a four by five inch print. These strips are dried, carefully inspected and cut into individual letters. Machines fold them and put them into envelopes. In this one laboratory over three hundred thousand letters a day are handled. A complete locator card system takes care of mail incorrectly addressed. In the censorship section, anything that might reveal vital military information is cut out. At mail call, Americans overseas receive their letters. Nearly every transport plane that spans the ocean brings its quota of mail. In just a few days, V-mail letters from home reach serviceman in every theater of war.
Views:
891
Video Duration:
2 min 18 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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National Postal Museum

Collecting Mail 1903

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:22:09.000Z
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:
796
Video Duration:
44 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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SmithsonianNPM
Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Concord-style Mail Coach

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-08-31T22:19:16.000Z
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:
1,044
Video Duration:
54 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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National Postal Museum

Fast Mail Train

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-10-14T16:53:08.000Z
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:
573
Video Duration:
29 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Mail by Missile

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-12T18:40:59.000Z
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:
630
Video Duration:
12 min 4 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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National Postal Museum

Mail by Bus

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-02T21:35:54.000Z
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:
967
Video Duration:
2 min 42 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Pneumatic Mail Canister

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-08-12T20:51:41.000Z
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 Transcript: In 1893 the Philadelphia post office tried a radically different and speedy way to transfer mail between post offices. They installed a network of underground pneumatic tubes. Cylinders like these carrying mail were pushed or pulled through the tubes by compressed air or vacuum suction. Cylinders flew through the tubes as fast as 35 miles per hour. Other cities followed the example. In New York City, a forty-minute male wagon route was covered by the tubes in seven minutes.
Views:
5,020
Video Duration:
38 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Photograph of post card of mail car in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Medium:
paper; photo-emulsion
Type:
Photographs
Place:
United States of America
Wisconsin
Date:
1907
Description:
Car used to carry a postal clerk who sorts mail while the vehicle is moving. A pair of these automobiles, manufactured by the Johnson Service Company, were used for city delivery service in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Photographer: Unknown
Credit line:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Unknown
Object number:
A.2006-80
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Street Mail Car 1903

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:23:49.000Z
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:
801
Video Duration:
1 min 14 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Throwing Mail Into Bags

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-11-02T20:20:10.000Z
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:
3,198
Video Duration:
1 min 10 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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National Postal Museum

Rural Wagon Delivering Mail

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:29:16.000Z
Video Title:
Rural Wagon Delivering Mail
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:
1,745
Video Duration:
47 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Wagons Loading Mail

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:26:25.000Z
Video Title:
Wagons Loading Mail
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://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/current/customers-and-communities/serving-the-cities/overcoming-congestion/screen-wagon.html
Views:
357
Video Duration:
53 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Missile Mail

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Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-07-16T17:10:46.000Z
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:
488
Video Duration:
2 min 21 sec
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
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smithsonianchannel
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Smithsonian Channel

Train Taking Up Mail Bag from a Mailcrane

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-03T16:19:43.000Z
Video Title:
Train Taking Up Mail Bag from a Mailcrane
Description:
Short, silent 1903 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:
2,154
Video Duration:
53 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Stagecoaches and the Beginnings of Contract Mail Delivery

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-09-07T20:04:34.000Z
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:
737
Video Duration:
44 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Stinson Reliant and the Mail Pick-Up Service

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Creator:
National Postal Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-08-24T17:08:59.000Z
Video Title:
Stinson Reliant and the Mail Pick-Up Service
Description:
A brief introduction to the hook and wire airmail pick up service of the 1930s. Read about the Stinson Reliant at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/airmail-in-america/the-airplanes/stinson-reliant.html The Stinson Reliant is on display at the National Postal Museum, on loan from the National Air and Space Museum.
Views:
574
Video Duration:
26 sec
Topic:
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting
Youtube Category:
Education
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National Postal Museum

Regulus I Missile Mail container

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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
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
Associated Event:
Regulus Missile Mail
Object number:
0.234863.9
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National Postal Museum

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