Since Christmas is right around the corner, people are looking to send off their Christmas letters and holiday mail. On average, the Postal Service processes 551 million pieces of mail every day but, during the holidays, it increases to 589 million pieces of mail daily. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, around 16.5 billion cards, letters and packages are delivered. With that said, here are some photographs of Christmas mail of the past.
Christmas Mail Rush
- Dog and cat enjoy Halloween, 1940 — Share the History Love... Dog dressed as a ghost while a curious cat inspects the bucket the dog is holding, 1940. Share the History Love... [...]
- Matching costumes at Boise State University, 1977 — Share the History Love... Women students in matching costumes (pumpkins?) at a Halloween party at Boise State University. Share the History Love... [...]
- Creating Halloween art, 1964 — Share the History Love... Sarah Hampton, 7, of Reseda, wields an artist’s brush from her wheel stretcher at Orthopedic Hospital in preparation for Halloween. Looking on is Mrs. Williamson of the Los Angeles School Board. Share the History Love... [...]
- Magicians gathered for a midnight seance, 1946 — Share the History Love... Thirteen magicians gather around a chair on which are a portrait of Houdini, two candles, a book, and handcuffs, for a midnight seance on Halloween, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan. Share the History Love... [...]
- Bobbing for apples at Fort Sheridan, 1970 — Share the History Love... Mike Graham comes up with an apple in the apple bobbing booth during Halloween festivities in Fort Sheridan, 1970. Share the History Love... [...]