DID YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE USED TO MAIL CHILDREN BEFORE 1920?
Before 1920 people used to mail their children as parcels mostly to their grandparent's place although there was no regulation against it at first, it came later after the incidents increased.
There was no regulation against sending children by mail before 1920 when also postal offices began to accept parcels over four pounds which was in January 1913. People started testing its limits by mailing eggs, bricks, snakes and other packages.
So in January 1923, an Ohio couple made a special delivery of their infant son who was to be dropped at his grandmother’s place about a mile away. They paid the mailman 15 cents for the stamps and $5o for the parcel. This was the first case ever.
Nancy Pope the head curator of history at the National Postal Museum found about seven instances of people who mailed their children. Besides people who mailed their children they didn’t hand them to strangers. Many families knew their mailmen well.
Another May Pierstorff was mailed by her parents and sent to her grandparent’s house 73 miles away on February 1914. It’s after this that Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson knew of it and banned postal workers from accepting humans as mail. Still this didn’t stop people immediately.