Mailbag used by a rural letter carrier
The flap of the leather satchel embossed “U.S. Mail” can be secured closed with the buckle attached to the lower front. Both sides have a narrow strip of leather riveted near the rim for reinforcement. The satchel can be carried by the adjustable shoulder strap attached to two rectangular-shaped rings secured to the back.
This mailbag meets postal specification for the leather, over-the-shoulder type satchel issued to city delivery service letter carriers from the 1860s to 1973. However, this regulation mailbag was used by a rural free delivery service carrier around 1920. In contrast to their urban counterparts, rural carriers purchased all necessary equipment for their postal duties.