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U.S. Postal Service in the 1960's, in Pictures

Before any parcel begins its journey, it is weighed on a scale that also calculates the proper postage, based on weight, shipping distance, and special handling instructions (if any).
preparing packages for delivery

Postal clerks sort letters and parcels into "seals" (bags used for foreign mail and secured with a lead seal) destined to be loaded into the cargo holds of airplanes. In 1961, over a million pounds of mail were being flown every month from a single New York airport, "courtesy" of over 400 individual flights.
preparing mail for an airplane

Mail bags from trains, planes, ships, and trucks are taken to local post offices, where the letters and packages are sorted according to the xone, street, or route address. Each mail carrier then makes up his own bag in the order of the house numbers on his route.
carriers sort their mail

A pneumatic tube system carries mail from the Central Post Office in New York City, New York, to almost every substation in the city. Each large compressed air-fed tube can transport 400 letters at the rate of thirty miles per hour.
pneumatic tube system

This mailman is delivering his load of letters and packages the "old-fashioned" way, on foot.

PICTURE SOURCE
Richards Topical Encyclopedia New York, New York: The Richards Company, 1961

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