Mailing kids

In the months leading up to the November election there was a lot of talk about the postal service, including news about politically strategic cuts in service, destroyed sorting machines, removed drop boxes, and unsubstantiated rumors of vote-by-mail fraud.

Those issues were followed by predictions of substantial delays in delivery of packages in the upcoming holiday season. Acknowledging all those concerns, let’s leave them behind for a few minutes and turn instead to a story about sending children through the mail. Because we can!

This article from Smithsonian Magazine is a short read, and will provide a nice break from the news we’ve been slogging through lately. If you’re not sure whether you’re interested, here are a few highlights to help you decide:

“Postage was cheaper than a train ticket,” Lynch says.

“There’s an account of May Pierstorff being mailed under the chicken rate, but actually chicks weren’t allowed until 1918.”

“…his ‘delivery’ cost his parents only 15 cents in postage (although they did insure him for $50).”

What’s the strangest thing you know of that’s been sent through the mail?

[Image: Wikimedia Commons]

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