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Collecting Mail 1903

National Postal Museum
Short film from 1903 showing a letter carrier gathering mail from a street corner package box and Scheble-style mailbox. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Early Postal Technology

National Postal Museum
An examination of the technologies the Post Office Department used to move mail in America's growing cities at the turn of the 20th century. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/customers-and-communities/serving-the-cities/

Mail by Missile

National Postal Museum
Fifty years ago, the US Navy and Post Office Department placed 3,000 letters in a missile on board the USS Barbero submarine and aimed it at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Mayport, Florida. In this slideshow presentation, curator Nancy A. Pope reveals more about this Cold War era mail delivery experiment.

Loading Mail Car

National Postal Museum
Short silent 1903 film depicting a driver of postal screen wagon unloading mail into Railway Post Office train car. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress. Read more at: http://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/current/customers-and-communities/serving-the-cities/overcoming-congestion/screen-wagon.html

Mail By Rail

National Postal Museum
Filmed in 1993, Mail By Rail is the story of the Railway Post Office clerks, as told by four ex RPO clerks, Tom Clifton, Harold Coffman, Winston Lark and Don Shenefelt. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/moving-the-mail/mail-by-rail/

Stamp Collecting

National Postal Museum
This video is showing in the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. This video is of stamp collectors, including youth, talking about what they collect and why. http://npm.si.edu/stampgallery/connect.html

River of Mail

National Postal Museum
"River of Mail" is a nine-minute video produced by the Post Office Department in the late 1960s to teach the public about mail processing methods used during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Wagons Loading Mail

National Postal Museum
Short 1903 film of screen wagons being loaded with mail at a post office. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress. Read more at: http://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/current/customers-and-communities/serving-the-cities/overcoming-congestion/screen-wagon.html

Fast Mail Train

National Postal Museum
Short silent 1903 film depicting two Railway Post Office train cars placed between the engine and the passenger cars. This placement was for the safety of rail passengers. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Rural Wagon Delivering Mail

National Postal Museum
A short silent film depicting a 1903 rural letter carrier delivering mail. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Street Mail Car 1903

National Postal Museum
Short 1903 film showing a horse-drawn mail wagon receiving mail from an attached trolley mail car. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Concord-style Mail Coach

National Postal Museum
Concord-style mail coaches remained in use in the United States well into the early 1900s. Elegantly painted in bright colors and decorated with oil paintings on the doors, the fancy wagons were also built to stand up to the demands of the nation's rough and rugged roads. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/collections/object-spotlight/concord-mail-coach.html

Throwing Mail Into Bags

National Postal Museum
Postal workers sorted some mail by tossing it into bags. This short, 57-second, silent video was produced by the "American Mutoscope & Biograph Company" in 1903. Notice the stage backdrop painted to resemble the interior of a post office.

Postal Vehicles Moved to Storage

National Postal Museum
National Postal Museum’s Ford Model AA Postal Truck returns from loan and Model T Snowbird is moved to new storage.

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum Tour

National Postal Museum
A short video about the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Postal Museum Rapid Capture Project

National Postal Museum
Highlighting the National Postal Museum’s mass-digitization Sidney N. Shure project.

Curator Lynn Heidelbaugh: WWI Mail

National Postal Museum
During WWI, Americans sent millions of packages, postcards, and letters in an effort to stay connected to loved ones. Join Postal Curator Lynn Heidelbaugh for a live Lunchtime Lecture to learn more about these firsthand accounts of love, longing, and loss, as well as the logistics of internationally mobilizing the postal service. Date of lecture: November 15, 2017

We are the U.S. Postal Inspection Service

National Postal Museum
"We Are the U.S. Postal Inspection Service" highlights the men and women of law enforcement who specialize in protecting the American public, the mail, and the Postal Service. Produced by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Learn more about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/behindthebadge

"Protect Yourself" - U.S. Postal Inspection Service Video

National Postal Museum
U.S. Postal Inspection Service video. Learn more about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/behindthebadge

Interview with Postal Clerk Corporal Ben Magiera

National Postal Museum
An interview with postal clerk Corporal Ben Magiera about the mail's effect on morale. U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Corporal Kenneth Jasik. Visit the online exhibit: http://npm.si.edu/mailcall Transcript: http://npm.si.edu/mailcall/audio/NPMtranscript_Magiera-Afghanistan-2010_DVIDS-100111241_USMC.pdf

National Postal Museum Finds Its Home

National Postal Museum
A short video about the background to the Smithsonian Institution's preservation of postal history and the creation of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Mail by Bus

National Postal Museum
Highway Post Office service was initiated in response to declining railroad traffic in the early 1940s. As the American population grew, use of the highway system grew as well, meaning fewer passengers traveled by rail. This, in turn, meant fewer trains available to carry mail in several parts of the country. The service grew very slowly at first, not really taking-off until the 1950s, when these brightly-colored buses became common sights on American highways. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/moving-the-mail/mail-by-rail/highway-post-office-buses/

Stagecoaches and the Beginnings of Contract Mail Delivery

National Postal Museum
America's postal system has always relied on a variety of transportation systems, using contracts with companies to ensure that mail can reach across the nation, binding individuals, families and businesses together through regularly scheduled mail services. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/binding-the-nation/moving-west/stagecoaches-and-mud-wagons.html
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