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Rural letter carrier's cash and stamp box

Description:

The front and top of this metal box open to compartments and 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 moving post offices, bringing a variety of postal services to customers' homes. The box could be secured with a padlock.

The brass plaque on the front bears the name of “John Goudy R.L.C. [rural letter carrier] No. 6.”

Date:
c. 1902-1930
Markings:
CHAS. BOYER / RURAL MAIL BOXES – SHEET METAL / SPECIALTIES / MARENGO, - ILLS./ JOHN GOUDY. R.L.C. No. 6 [brass plate on front of box]
Medium:
metal (sheet metal, brass)
Dimensions:
11.4 x 12.1 x 26.0 cm (4.5 x 4.75 x 10.25 in.)
Museum ID:
0.234863.87
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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