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Helpful Hint: 1916

Helpful Hint: 1916

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Post Office Department mail wagon." With a slogan we can all get behind. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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The name of this intersection

This is the intersection of 13th Street, A. Street, and North Carolina Ave. N.E. Right off Lincoln Park.

Yes, postmen used to knock.

Yes, postmen used to knock. You can see an official post-office-issued door knocker here.


I want to drive this truck just so I can squeeze the rubber ball for the horn.

Mail Call

Mailmen also blew a whistle.

Get a Mailbox

This comes on the heels of the Post Office's successful "Try Stamps!" campaign.

What did they do before?

So... what did the mailman do before there were mailboxes? Did he knock? Is this practice the source of the title of the 1934 crime novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice"?

How extremely inefficient. No wonder they were pushing mailboxes.


There are two carbide lamps mounted on the cab.

The Great Mail Van Robbery

Some villain has stolen his headlights!

Mail Campaign

Asks All to Buy Mail Box

Postmaster Plans "Campaign Week"
to Benefit Residents and Carriers

Postmaster Chance announced to the District commissioners yesterday that a mail box campaign will be instituted the week of April 10 to 15 to have all residents equip their homes with letter boxes or letter drops to make more efficient the delivery of mail by carriers. The plan has been adopted in many other cities, where high efficiency in delivery of mail has resulted.

The idea of a "campaign week" is hoped to appeal to all to procure letter boxes for their doors. The small drops are ornamental and inexpensive, the postmaster points out. They can be procured at any hardware store or a 5 and 10 cent stores.

Washington Post, Apr 5, 1916


Reminds me of the slogan from Krusty's literacy campaign:
Give A Hoot
Read A Book

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