Category Archive for: ‘History’

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Workers loading pneumatic canisters for postal tubes

The Postal Service Goes Underground

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Below is an excerpt from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Blog, “Pushing the Envelope” where Historian and Curator Nancy Pope describes how the postal service transferred mail: America’s postal service went underground 120 years ago today. No, it wasn’t on the run or trying to be a 19th century “hipster.” It was the first US postal use of a series of underground pneumatic tubes, using six-inch iron water pipes to carry mail underground between post offices and railway stations. Powered