Railway Post Office Cover

[RPO Cover]

This cover has more than one feature in its favor, as far as I am concerned:

The history of the RPO service is both fascinating and amazing. Each RPO car (usually coupled directly behind the locomotive) was full of clerks, sorting the mail "on the fly" shoulder-to-shoulder, as the train speeded and rocked its way between the cities and small towns of the United States. These clerks were expected to know the sorting schemes for all cities and rail routes for the mail they were handling. Using these "human computers", it was possible for the Post Office to achieve overnight first class mail service between most cities East of the Mississippi.

I have another RPO cover on the website, that was mailed from Minneapolis to Denmark in 1900.

The postal history of the Railway Post Office is of particular interest to members of The Mobile Post Office Society.

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Based on Code by Louis Lazaris. See article and original inspiration.


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