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Rural Letter Carrier's cash and stamp box

Description:

The front and top of this metal box open to seven internal compartments and four shelves 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. The box could be secured with a padlock.

Date:
c. 1902-1930
Medium:
metal (tin); leather
Dimensions:
12.1 x 14.6 x 25.4 cm (4 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 10 in.)
Museum ID:
1992.2028.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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