Mail Wagon Used for Rural Delivery in Missouri, 1902-1925

Summary

Letter carrier August Edinger used this horse-drawn wagon to deliver mail around Kimmswick, Missouri, for more than 20 years. Sliding doors offered ventilation in summer, and a tiny coal stove provided heat in winter. Rural Free Delivery, instituted by the U.S. Post Office in 1896, eased the isolation felt by rural Americans and boosted mail-order businesses as well.

Letter carrier August Edinger used this horse-drawn wagon to deliver mail around Kimmswick, Missouri, for more than 20 years. Sliding doors offered ventilation in summer, and a tiny coal stove provided heat in winter. Rural Free Delivery, instituted by the U.S. Post Office in 1896, eased the isolation felt by rural Americans and boosted mail-order businesses as well.

Artifact

Mail wagon

Date Made

1901-1902

Subject Date

1902-1925

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

34.150.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of August Edinger.

Material

Paint (Coating)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Red
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 82 in

Width: 69 in

Length: 213 in

Wheelbase: 58 in

Diameter: 40 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 43.5 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Inscriptions

Painted on side of wagon and on back of box in rear: U. S. / MAIL

August Edinger with Horse-Drawn Mail Wagon, circa ...

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