The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, located near the U.S. Capitol, is devoted to presenting the colorful history of the nation’s mail service. Mail transported our national culture, promoted capitalism, migration, community and identity formation.
It provided a communication link that encouraged the formation of like citizenry long before the birth of the Internet. These images provide a peek into this intriguing history. To learn more, visit the Postal Museum Website.
This U.S. mail streetcar, owned and operated by the Capital Traction Company, was used to process and transport mail in Washington, DC. (circa 1900)
This is an image of Railway Post Office streetcar #642, part of the Boston Elevated Railway. This car traveled on Malden, Broadway, and Ferry streets between Charlestown and Post Office Square. (circa 1900)
More than a dozen U.S. Mail screen wagons line up along an unidentified post office building. (circa 1904)
A Fokker F-10 super tri-motor airplane marked with the name "Fokker F-Ten" on the tarmac at the Oakland, California, airport. This airplane was one of five used by Western Air Express to carry mail and passengers on its Los Angeles San Francisco route. (circa 1928)