Postal Service history: Or the invention of the automobile….


As we all know, the Postal Service is responsible for delivering mail across the entire country. And its probably safe to assume that the invention of cars helped make that process quite a bit easier.

But just in case you wanted a visual, here you go:

These letters better be awesome! At least the dogs run on biofuels ...

From the Smithsonian:

Dog sleds transported mail in some areas of the northern U.S. and the Alaskan Territory during winter months. Contract carriers used these sleds across Alaska from the late 19th century into the early 1920s. Isolated for much of the year, remote populations sometimes relied on dog sleds for contact with the outside world. Weight was a critical factor for the dogs—mail traveling on sleds was usually restricted to first-class pieces unless room was available for newspapers, magazines and packages. These items were otherwise left behind until spring, when they might be transported by steamboat or wagon.

This image shows an unidentified mail contractor posing with a sled-and-dog team for a sepia photograph postcard.

And for much more information and a slew of pictures, just go to the Smithsonian’s website.


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