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1916. Washington, D.C. "Miss Clara R.A. Nelson, Dead Letter Office." Another peek behind the scenes at the P.O. Remember, folks: If you must send cash in the mail, include a valid return address, otherwise Clara here ends up with a stack of orphaned $2 bills. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.