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Lectures in this course (21)
Each day the United States Postal Service processes hundreds of millions of pieces of mail and delivers to over 150 million addresses. At the center of this bustling postal network are more than a hundred Processing and Distribution Centers spread...
U.S. Postal Inspection Service video. Smithsonian National Postal Museum exhibit, "POSTAL INSPECTORS: THE SILENT SERVICE" http://npm.si.edu/inspectors Transcript: http://npm.si.edu/inspectors/VIDEO_TRANSCRIPT.pdf
"Missing You - Letters from Wartime," about wartime letters, 1861-2010, expresses the essential connection of mail between military personnel and the families and friends left behind. Visit the online exhibit: http://npm.si.edu/mailcall Video ...
A short video about Owney, Mascot of the Railway Mail Service. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/Owney
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 at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/2c1_railwaymail.html
This video uses snippets of letters from World War I to Desert Storm to express the essential connection of mail between military personnel and the families and friends left behind.
"On The Road" chronicles the use of motorized vehicles to move mail within America's towns and cities.
Retired Pony Express rider, "Boston," tells about life as a Pony Express rider. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/2a5_ponyexpress.html
A look at the beginning of Free City Delivery, and the struggles of letter carriers over the next sixty years to ensure fair working conditions. Read more: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/2b1_serving.html
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/2b1_serving.html
This animated video was created in 1993 for the National Postal Museum's Stamps and Stories gallery.
Have you ever wondered how your mail finds it way across town, across country, or across the world and into your mailbox? This video shows how it works.
Want to know how stamps are printed? This video was created in 1993 for the Postal Museum's Stamps and Stories gallery. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) shut down its 111 years of printing postage stamps on June 10, 2005. U.S. stamps are...
A short film showing the Carrier Sequence Bar Code Sorter (CSBCS) in action. The CSBCS is an automated machine that sorts the mail through the barcode to an individual letter carrier's mail route. Visit the online exhibit: http://npm.si.edu/system...
A short silent film showing the Multi-Position Letter Sorting Machine (MPLSM). MPLSM operators used 20-key keyboards to type in two or three numbers from the ZIP code, so the machine could then sort the mail into one of 277 or more bins representi...
Railway Post Office (RPO) clerks processed mail on moving train cars. It was hard and dangerous work. Railway mail cars were often placed directly behind the engine, putting clerks in danger during wrecks. Companies used wooden mail cars that were...
Mail service in southwestern Alaska has continued to prove challenging to the U.S. Postal Service. Although airplanes continue to carry mail to many remote Alaskan areas, the hovercraft has proven successful in delivering more mail, more often, to...
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 ...
"RFD: To the Country" explores the history of Rural Free Delivery. Beginning in 1896, this service helped put rural Americans in better touch with the world.
In 1996, the National Postal Museum produced this video that celebrated the Rural Free Delivery centennial and looks at how the service works in this day and age.
Independent contractors have been delivering mail to some of Americas remotest locations since the Star Route Service began in 1845. See the mule trains, boats, dog sleds, and more that contractors have used to carry the US mail with certainty, ce...