1903 Footage of Rural Postal Delivery

Here is film that I came across in the Library of Congress’ archives. It was shot on August 8th, 1903 in rural Washington, D.C. and is completely fascinating. Times have changed … just a little bit.

The film shows the delivery of U.S. mail by a two-horse vehicle. The postal employee gets out of the wagon and places mail in a standard metal mail box. A woman comes out of her house and removes the mail from the mail box, then buys stamps from the mail carrier as the picture ends.


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  • http://twitter.com/GarberDC David Garber (@GarberDC)

    Any idea where “Wagon Route B” went? Would be so curious to see this location today…

  • http://twitter.com/eblakedc Erin Blake (@eblakedc)

    Her mother’s only reaction after seeing it: “Why didn’t you get that broken fence fixed?!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/dkosnett Deborah Gibson Kosnett

    Love the chicken . . .

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