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1937 Post Office On Wheels Press Photo

 
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Posted 03/17/2022   5:37 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add 51studebaker to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A friend, who knows that I have an interest in the evolution mail handling on vehicles (i.e. distribution wagons to Railroad Post Offices to Highway Post Offices to Airplane Post Offices), gifted me this 1937 Press Photo.
It shows a 'previously unknown to me' distribution wagon with the specific purpose of servicing airmail mail. Does anyone have any more information on this service? Does anyone recognize the device the driver is looking through? (or is that just the rear view mirror)
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POST OFFICE ON WHEELS
DESIGNED TO SPEED UP TRANSFER OF AIR MAIL, THE U.S.
POST OFFICE, IN CO-OPERATION WITH PAN AMERICAN AIR-
WAYS, HAS BUILT A COMPLETE MOTORIZED POST OFFICE,
WHICH SERVICES MAIL PLANES ARRIVING IN AND DEPARTING
FROM MIAMI. INSTEAD OF LOSING TIME TRANSPORTING THE
MAIL TO THE DOWNTOWN OFFICE, FOR DISTRIBUTION, MAIL
CLEKRS AND DISPATCHERS SORT THE FOREIGN-BOUND CARGO
WHILE SPEEDING TO THE AIRPORT IN THE TRUCK, HERE
ARE CLERKS AT WORK AS THE POST OFFICE ROLLS ALONG.
CREDIT LINE (ACME) 10/18/37 ( #1A CL FOR AUS)

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Posted 03/17/2022   5:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Neat photo -- I'll be watching to see if you find more info on it. I'm pretty sure that is just a poorly positioned side mirror blocking the driver's face.
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Posted 03/17/2022   5:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I love the guy inside the truck sorting mail with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Those were the days!
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Posted 03/17/2022   7:14 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I sort covers with a ciggie hanging from my mouth, although I'm not employed by the post office.
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Posted 03/17/2022   7:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I used to Geoff. Now I have an e-cig hanging from my mouth.
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Posted 03/17/2022   7:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don and all,

Great door security as long as the knot holds

I wonder how long the trip from the post office to the airport (seaplane landing) took? Are they sorting outgoing or incoming mail?

Awaiting the rest of the story

Russ

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Posted 03/17/2022   8:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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poorly positioned side mirror blocking the driver's face.


That was my first impression, also.
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