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Rural letter carrier's handmade sorting bag

After 1896

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

This unique hand-sown cloth bag is divided into pockets, each labeled with the name of a postal patron. A rural delivery carrier designed and fabricated the bag to sort the mail for delivery in the order of the residences along his route.

Lynn Heidelbaugh, National Postal Museum, April 29, 2006

Place: Iowa

Museum ID: 0.234863.13

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  • Title: Rural letter carrier's handmade sorting bag
  • Date Created: After 1896
  • Medium: fabric (cotton); metal

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