Thursday, September 03, 2009

A Visit to the Canadian Postal Museum

Alison Hobbs writes on her blog, Juxtapositions, about visiting the Canadian Postal Museum with her mother.

She posts, "We saw pictures of Canada's first mail men in 1874, of trams and of mail trains where the clerks who were banished from the ships must have worked. (Mum said she remembered Darlington's tramlines in England, dangerous if you got your bicycle wheel stuck in them.) In the 1920s a primitive airmail service was established."

Something else she found out, "In Canada, they didn't have an official postal system until 1763 and mail was still being delivered by sleigh in 1919 which made sense, given the Canadian winters. When the mail had to be delivered on foot, the postmen needed spikes issued for their shoes, but this wasn't thought of until the 1970s."

To read her entire post, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM