In the twentieth century in the United States of children sent by mail
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In the twentieth century, children in the US
In the early twentieth century in the United States could send a child on the mail service is worth less than a dollar, which is cheaper ticket on the train and at the same time mail takes care of sending live. Child "packaged" in a special post bag, put on his clothes and stamp the package was delivered to its destination.
On the way a child looked after by postal couriers. Then, of course, barring service, but a few children in this way was sent to stay with relatives.
In 1913 came "the Postal Act" in the United States, which has become a good stimulus for the economy. The Americans were able to buy the products by mail, clothes, grain, tobacco and drugs, and packages are now delivered to the recipient's home. But lawmakers have thought not all the details, and this benefited some economical cunning.
Mail obliged to deliver to the recipient not only fragile products, but also to animals weighing up to 50 pounds (22, 68 kg). This was done so that the villagers can send mail poultry, but formally conditions suitable for small children.
In January 1913 Mr. and Mrs. Boggio of Glen Este, Ohio, rural mail parcel sent to the address of Louis Bogey. Shipment cost them 15 cents paid for the stamp, and the cargo was insured for $ 50. Georgia was the grandson of Louis Bogey: parents felt that send a child almost got cheaper than themselves to take him to his grandmother.
It was the first but not the last child mailed. January 27, 1913 Mr. and Mrs. Savis of Pine Hollow, Pennsylvania, sent a parcel with her daughter against James Byerly of Sharpsvilla in the same state. The girl was on the same day safely delivered to the recipient, the shipment cost parents of 45 cents.
In the same in 1913 attempted to abolish the practice, pointing out that children are not any bees or beetles - the only living things, allowed for mailing.
February 19, 1914 the parents of five Mae Perstorf Idaho girl was sent by mail to visit a grandmother - she lived 73 miles away in Oregon. The girl weighed less than the maximum allowable rate, so the package was sent on chicken tariff, paying just 53 cents.
In 1914, the main US Postmaster General Albert Sydney Berlizon issued a decree banning the postmasters take to send children. However, a few families that did not stop to send parcels with babies. 1915 was a record of delivery of children.
It seems that the last such case was the transfer of three years Maud Smith, the girl returned from her grandparents to her mother - Selina Smith, of Kentucky, and the situation came under the postal investigation.
June 13, 1920 Post management is strictly prohibited to send their children by the postal service. Since then, similar cases are not repeated.
This photo illustrated text USPS announcement that the mail will no longer accept children for shipment.