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Is it possible to send children by parcel post?

child-in-mailbagIf you mail your kids today, that would be human trafficking and you will definitely land in jail!  In the early years of the parcel post service (that's around 1913) however, at least two incidents of young children being sent thru parcel post were reported. As this photo from the archives of the National Postal Museum show, a young boy was placed in the postal worker's mailbag as you would any parcel or letter.

With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. Upon hearing about and maybe seeing the humorous photograph, the Postmaster General immediately issued a regulation disallowing the sending of children in the mail.

Sounds funny but it's true!

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