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In Years Past

August 24, 2014

In 1914, to meet widespread demand, parcel post exhibits would be a feature at many of the thousands of county fairs and other rural gatherings to be held in the United States in the fall. Postmaster General Burleson had authorized postmasters at all county seats to provide for the exhibits. The purpose was to use an opportunity which, it was believed, offered an excellent means of showing the rural public how to take full advantage of this comparatively new postal facility. Scores of the postmasters took the initiative and wrote the department asking permission to install and conduct such visual demonstrations of the parcel service.



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