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)
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)