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Rural letter carrier’s cash and stamp box

Description:

The top of this metal box lifts up, and the front opens down to reveal four compartments designed to store stamps, money order application forms, cash, and other postal accoutrements. Rural delivery service carriers purchased this type of box to manage their official and pecuniary transactions with patrons on their route. Unlike city carriers, rural carriers operated as mobile post offices, bringing a variety of postal services to customers' homes.

Date:
c. 1902-1930
Markings:
Worcester / Metal / _____, Co. [metal clasp]
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
10 x 6 x 6.25 in. (25.4 x 15.24 x 15.875 cm)
Museum ID:
1992.2002.171
Place:
Massachusetts

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