Delivering the Mail

Posted by Brenda Anderson in Across The Commons

One of the great advantage of The Commons on Flickr is the ability to find photos on a theme that span across the various institutions. With that in mind, “Across the Commons” was born. What themes can be found? Here’s one I discovered after seeing a photo of a young child mailing a letter.

We write a letter to a friend, post it, and sometime later our friend receives it. How does it get from here to there?


Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution
From posting … … to delivery.

Let’s find out!

By handcart:
Letter Carriers with Handcarts

Smithsonian Institution
By horsedrawn coach:
Regulation Mail Wagon

Smithsonian Institution
By sleigh:
Rural Letter Carrier in Sleigh

Smithsonian Institution
By bicycle:
Letter Carrier Delivering Mail by Bicycle

Smithsonian Institution
By tricycle:
Three-Wheeled Mail Collection Motorcycle

Smithsonian Institution
By truck:
Parcel Post Truck and Carrier

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By streetcar:
Boston, Massachusetts, Mail Streetcar

Smithsonian Institution
By boat:
Egypt: Arrival of Post Boat, Girgeh

Brooklyn Museum
By sternwheeler:
Sternwheeler, “J.N. Teal”

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By air from the beach:
Faith in Australia on the beach at Murawai ready for take-off with First Official Airmail from N.Z. to Australia, 17 Feb 1934

State Library of New South Wales
By … bag??
Uniformed Letter Carrier with Child in Mailbag

Smithsonian Institution

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3 Responses to “Delivering the Mail”

  1. striatic Says:

    it’s like taking a journey through space and time.

    this collection, how you’ve sequenced it, really has a sense of velocity.

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