Parcel Post Service Inauguration commemorative trophy cup
Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock mailed this engraved trophy cup from Washington, D.C., to New York City Postmaster Edward M. Morgan. Hitchcock mailed the cup at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 1913, one minute into the first day of Parcel Post service.
Postmaster Morgan knew Hitchcock planned to send him this trophy. Not to be upstaged, even by his boss, Morgan sent a tall trophy cup to Hitchcock by Parcel Post. Morgan also mailed his cup just after midnight on January 1, 1913.
Prior to January 1, 1913, packages heavier than four pounds in weight could not be carried through the U.S. mail. Parcel Post service proved to be one of the most successful services offered by the Post Office Department.