Did You Know… Posting children in the mail

Did you know that on June 13 1920 it was officially forbidden by the US Postmaster General to send children via the post. When Parcel post came to be in America in 1913 some parents capitalised on this and proceeded to mail their children to places such as their grandparents home. The cost of stamps were far cheaper than that of a train ticket and could be stuck to the child’s clothing, providing the child was under the 50 pound parcel limit. Several children traveled to their destination in this manner before the ban was put into place.

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