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Rural carrier in automobile at mailboxes

circa. 1910

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Postal officials encouraged Rural Free Delivery (RFD) carriers to replace their horses and wagons with the latest in transportation technology. This unidentified carrier painted his early electric-motored vehicle in the same paint and identification scheme as the RFD wagons of the era. He is, no doubt, only able to complete his wintertime rounds thanks to a snow-plowed road. Automobiles were not yet adequate replacements for horses, wagons, and sleds on rural roads.

Photographer: Unknown

National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Museum ID: A.2010-2

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  • Title: Rural carrier in automobile at mailboxes
  • Date Created: circa. 1910
  • Medium: paper; photo-emulsion

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