Each week on The Drive Show, Bec and Jeziel share a fun fact that’s sound so crazy it will blow you mind! This week, Jeziel shared the bizarre history of mailing babies during the early 1900s.
Back in 1913, American postage rules changed to allow packages over four pounds. People started mailing all sorts of unusual things such as eggs, bricks and even snakes. People would pay 10 cents for the convenience of the postman to pick up their package and take it across town. However; things started to get a bit out of hand.
Within one year people started mailing babies, because it was a cheaper way to get them across town. “So if they wanted to visit their grandparents, rather than me walk across town. Why don’t I just give it to the postman and he can travel across town and drop my child off.” This escalated even further, when people discovered postage was cheaper than a train ticket. Children age infant to seven years old, were being posted as far as out of the state! “The biggest one ever recorded was 720 miles, it was a different state and it cost them 53 cents.”
Initially people would put their child in a cardboard box, but eventually they started to put the postage stamps directly on to their children. “The child would have 3 or 4 stamps on their coat the mailman would come and go okay get on.”
It wasn’t until the 1920-1930s, where the Post Master had enough and banned the postage of children. Jeziel thought this was a great cost efficient idea. “Back in the day the towns were so small that you knew the postman. So it’s not like you’re giving them to a random.” As a mum, Bec was a bit hesitant. “That’s dangerous. I don’t think that was the intended purpose people back in 1913!”
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