A postal employee shows off the Post Office Department’s new automatic address reading machine. The “Farrington Automatic” machine was developed by Intelligent Machines Research Corporation. Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield tested and purchased a variety of machines to help speed up mail processing in large city post offices in the early 1950s.

Photographer: Unknown

National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Museum ID: A.2008-36


  • Title: Farrington Automatic Address Reading machine
  • Date Created: circa. 1953
  • Medium: paper; photo-emulsion

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