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Mailing Containers

Laundry box

Description:

This rectangular, aluminum container was used to ship laundry by Parcel Post. The sender secured the lid to the box with the cotton belt. To facilitate regular shipping between the clothes’ wearer (often a son or daughter at college) and the launderer (usually the mother), their names and addresses appeared on reverse sides of a mailing label. The sender simply flipped the label over to the recipient’s address and attached it to the container’s lid.

Date:
c. 1940s - 1950s
Medium:
metal (aluminum); fiber (cotton)
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 6 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (16.51 x 50.17 x 31.12 cm)
Museum ID:
1993.2011.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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