Thursday, December 20, 2012

Railway mail pickup

Trains Album of Photographs- Book Three. Midwestern Railroads
 Kalmbach publishing 1943

Outgoing mail was placed in a bag and hung from a stand beside the railway tracks. A hook was extended from the train which snagged the bag, thereby allowing a through train to collect mail from towns without stopping and reducing the mail pickup time (and travel time) considerably. I wonder how the length of time required to mail a letter would compare to the same thing today.

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