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Regulation mail wagon
Photographer: Unknown
Date created: c. 1895
U.S. Mail Regulation Wagon in front of Washington, DC, post office building.
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

U.S. Regulation Mail Wagon

The Deadwood coach
Photographer: Unknown
Date created: 1889
Stagecoach en route to Deadwood City, South Dakota, in 1889.
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Deadwood Stagecoach

These two photographs are primary sources for moving mail in the 1800s. Photographs are excellent primary sources used by historians to draw conlusions and support their evidence about past events. You can do the same! All you need to do is spend time observing, evaluating, and interpreting what you read and see.