|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.