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
- Cantaloupe Pickers, 1935 — Share the History Love... Though farm work is strenuous and exhausting, this photograph suggests that jovial camaraderie could sometimes relieve the strain of being in the fields. Work was hard to come by in the 1930s, and these laborers probably counted themselves lucky to have found a paying job picking cantaloupes in the Imperial Valley’s [...]
- Jewish women pray along the Williamsburg Bridge, 1909 — Share the History Love... Jewish women pray along the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City on New Year’s Day 1909. Share the History Love... [...]
- Polar Bear club celebrating the New Year, 1967 — Share the History Love... “Ice” way to celebrate the new year! Polar Bear club the “Iceberg A.C.” goes for a cold dip at Coney Island on New Year’s Day 1967. Share the History Love... [...]
- New Year’s Eve celebration at a U.S.O. Club, 1942 — Share the History Love... A crowd of military personnel and civilians gather at a U.S.O. club to celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31, 1942. Share the History Love... [...]
- Ushering in the New Year on the beach, 1933 — Share the History Love... Three women usher in the New Year somewhere in Southern California, 1933. Share the History Love... [...]