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Published: 1/8/2012


Toledo Magazine: History of Mail Delivery

In the early days, horses hauled the packages and letters across the frontier, taking months to reach their destination. Then it was carried on the rails, which in the 1950s meant 49 mail-carrying trains rolling in and out of Toledo each day. Now planes and 18-wheelers deliver billions of tons of everything from important financial statements to infernal junk mail to our homes. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

The first American car in thirty years to feature a right-hand drive came off the Willy's Motors Assembly Line in Toledo. The Jeep vehicle was made especially to order for the U.S. Post Office Department and was used on suburban mail routes in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge The first American car in thirty years to feature a right-hand drive came off the Willy's Motors Assembly Line ...
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Charles Kent, a Rural Free Delivery carrier for Route 7, prepares to take mail to northwest Ohio's rural families in this undated photo. The Rural Free Delivery system revolutionized postal service for farm families, allowing delivery of Enlarge Charles Kent, a Rural Free Delivery carrier for Route 7, prepares to take mail to northwest Ohio's rural families in ...
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RFD carrier Charles L. Hicks tucks bundles of Toledo mail under his arm in this undated photo. Enlarge RFD carrier Charles L. Hicks tucks bundles of Toledo mail under his arm in this undated photo.
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The Toledo Post Office, date unknown Enlarge The Toledo Post Office, date unknown
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RFD carrier Fred A. Nau Wormer used a horse-drawn carriage to delivery mail along Toledo's Route 9. Enlarge RFD carrier Fred A. Nau Wormer used a horse-drawn carriage to delivery mail along Toledo's Route 9.
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Arthur E. Barnes delivered to Rural Route 8. Enlarge Arthur E. Barnes delivered to Rural Route 8.
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Men look over an armored cab for the U.S. Post Office Department in this April 18,1928, photo. Enlarge Men look over an armored cab for the U.S. Post Office Department in this April 18,1928, photo.
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Toledo Post Office Station D on Lagrange Street in Toledo in this undated photo. Enlarge Toledo Post Office Station D on Lagrange Street in Toledo in this undated photo.
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Some of the Toledo Post Office Mail Carriers in 1920. From left, front row: Charles Koch, Robert Evans, Clyde Roder, John Bolinger, Mr. Silliman, Arthur Krum and Carl Boellnar; second row, Phil Kind, Pearl Dolan, Gabriel, unidentified, Merle Kettleman, and George Brim; third row, Earnest Vetter, Mack Gardner, Walter Dunn and Frank Hoffman; back row, Gus Cousins, Archie Hackley, Dave Washington, unidentified, Gus Keating and Robert Jeska. Enlarge Some of the Toledo Post Office Mail Carriers in 1920. From left, front row: Charles Koch, Robert Evans, Clyde Roder,...
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A mail truck is backed into the loading dock of the Toledo Post Office in this 1922 photo. The site became Toledo Public Schools'  Jefferson Center, where hundreds of Head Start students met in 2011. Enlarge A mail truck is backed into the loading dock of the Toledo Post Office in this 1922 photo. The site ...
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Mrs. George De Lawter, left, of 1809 Broadway, looks over the new ZIP code information from postal carrier Sue Prsybylski in this Oct 13,1966, photo. Enlarge Mrs. George De Lawter, left, of 1809 Broadway, looks over the new ZIP code information from postal carrier Sue Prsybylski ...
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Frank Mrkva checks out one of the first 99 trucks ordered by the Post Office Department from Willys Motors Inc. in this  Dec. 15, 1958, photo. The trucks, used for snow removal and mail box maintenance, cost $276,564 for the total order and were sent throughout the country. Enlarge Frank Mrkva checks out one of the first 99 trucks ordered by the Post Office Department from Willys Motors Inc....
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The Detroit River Post Office Station serves sailors on the Great Lakes by mailboat in this June 28, 1971, file photo. Enlarge The Detroit River Post Office Station serves sailors on the Great Lakes by mailboat in this June 28, 1971, file photo.
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Fast forward to the modern era, with customers being able to purchase stamps from dispensing machines like these, one for booklets on the left and one for singles, at the main office of the United States Postal Service office in Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Fast forward to the modern era, with customers being able to purchase stamps from dispensing machines like these, one for ...
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Postal clerk Charles Nungester shows off some of the items for sale at the Main Post Office retail office downtown on  Feb 4, 1998. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Postal clerk Charles Nungester shows off some of the items for sale at the Main Post Office retail office downtown ...
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Linda Pembeton sorts mail at the main post office in Toledo on Nov. 25, 1998. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Linda Pembeton sorts mail at the main post office in Toledo on Nov. 25, 1998.
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Postal employee Marie Campbell had to weigh each of the 211 boxes to determine the correct shipping charge Nov. 29, 2006, for packages being sent to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Postal employee Marie Campbell had to weigh each of the 211 boxes to determine the correct shipping charge Nov. 29,...
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USPS employee Susan Banks laughs Dec. 19, 2007, while reading a piece of mail from a stack of Enlarge | Buy This Photo USPS employee Susan Banks laughs Dec. 19, 2007, while reading a piece of mail from a stack of "letters to ...
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U.S. postal carrier Monique Ulch delivers mail in snowy conditions along Jackman Road in Toledo on Feb. 12, 2008. Enlarge | Buy This Photo U.S. postal carrier Monique Ulch delivers mail in snowy conditions along Jackman Road in Toledo on Feb. 12, 2008.
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Mail carriers Dan Miller, left, and Judy Kossow, right, listen as Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon teaches carriers how to deal with potentially vicious dogs they may encounter on their routes May 8, 2008 at the Monroe Street post office. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mail carriers Dan Miller, left, and Judy Kossow, right, listen as Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon teaches carriers how ...
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Toledo mail carrier Rachelle Roy delivers mail to Howard Johnson as he shovels his sidewalk on Belmont on Dec. 19, 2008. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo mail carrier Rachelle Roy delivers mail to Howard Johnson as he shovels his sidewalk on Belmont on Dec. 19, 2008.
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Larnetta Lane, right, looks at her mail Feb. 5, 2009, while postman John Cole looks up to check out insulation progress on the roof. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Larnetta Lane, right, looks at her mail Feb. 5, 2009, while postman John Cole looks up to check out insulation ...
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Basem Mufleh heads a long line waiting to mail packages at the St. Clair Post Office on Dec. 21, 2009. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Basem Mufleh heads a long line waiting to mail packages at the St. Clair Post Office on Dec. 21, 2009.
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Postal worker Bob Collins, right, stops to ask Kelly Luck, left, about the recovery of her dog Tyson from being shot while on his mail route in her neighborhood on July 1, 2010. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Postal worker Bob Collins, right, stops to ask Kelly Luck, left, about the recovery of her dog Tyson from being ...
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John Flick sorts mail at the downtown sorting facility March 2, 2011. Enlarge | Buy This Photo John Flick sorts mail at the downtown sorting facility March 2, 2011.
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Sunny Swan, left, and Ebony Burks sort mail downtown on March 2, 2011. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Sunny Swan, left, and Ebony Burks sort mail downtown on March 2, 2011.
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Terry Robinson sorts mail at the downtown sorting facility March 2, 2011. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Terry Robinson sorts mail at the downtown sorting facility March 2, 2011.
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Toledo postal worker Richard Brust, left, listens during the U.S. Postal Service's public meeting Dec. 29, 2011, at the Stranahan Theater to explain why it wants to move mail processing out of the downtown Toledo facility. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo postal worker Richard Brust, left, listens during the U.S. Postal Service's public meeting Dec. 29, 2011, at the ...
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