|An early U.S. Mail truck with a horse drawn vehicle behind it.|
|Another three-wheeled mail cart. Would love to see|
something like this on the streets today.
Eggs quickly became a mainstay of the parcel post. One report said that six eggs were the first objects sent by truck from St. Louis, Missouri to Edwards- ville, Illinois. They were mailed at noon and seven hours later returned to St. Louis in the form of a cake! A large variety of goods was mailed through the years. Small animals that didn't require water while in transit, such as baby chicks, were a popular item to mail.
|I was lucky, or should I say resourseful enough, to find|
this old photo showing a Lancaster, Pennsylvania
US Mail truck delivering produce to NY City.
Due to this, the Post- master Gener- al de- cried that a single shipper could post no more than 200 pounds a day. In 1948 air parcel post service was established and the United States began exchanging parcels with other countries. Wasn't long after that private companies began once again competing with the U.S. Postal Service for domestic and international delivery. Today's most popular private delivery services are Federal Express and United Parcel Service. Hard to believe that the mail that comes through your door slot or is stuffed in your mailbox goes way back to the years when the Pony Express delivered mail and packages by horseback. Funny how it's still delivered by horsepower! That is until recently when mail delivery was canceled due to a few inches of snow in Lancaster County, PA. Oh well, I guess the mailmen need a vacation day also. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.