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Sending a Child Through the Mail in 1914

Believe it or not (and we do believe it), around the same time that WW1 was kicking off, it was legal – and possible – to send a small child via parcel post in America. Yup. And what’s more, two families did just that, including the parents of four year-old May Pierstorff, who covered their baby in 53 cents worth of postal stamps on her jacket and sent her on her way with the postman to her grandparents place. It was cheaper than buying a train ticket. Ripleys, where are you when we need you?

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