Back In The Day The US Post Office Used To Let You Mail Anything…Including Children

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The United States Post Office was very different place at the turn of the century.

In fact, from the years of 1913 to 1914, you could mail pretty much anything you wanted. Including some small children. Which is…weird.

When the US Parcel Post Service was introduced on New Years Day in 1913, regulations stated that parcels could not weigh more than 50 pounds.

At the time there were provisions that allowed people to send things like live bees and even bugs. No one said anything about not shipping humans either. We don’t understand the jump from insects to children either but, it happened. 

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The first documented incident of a human child being mailed was on January 17, 1913. Mr and Mrs Jesse Glen Este, Ohio mailed their little son to his granny one mile away in Batvia, Ohio. The boy cost 15 cents to mail and was insured for $50. That’s parenting.

Probably the most famous mailed child was May Pierstorff, a five year from Idaho was sent 73 miles away to stay with her grandparents. She hopped into a train’s mail car and sat amongst the sack of inanimate parcels, all for the bargain price of 53 cents in stamps, which were all stuck to her jacket. 

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Eventually, a newly elected Postmaster General caught wind of these movements and pit a stop to it, barring mailmen from carting children around. 

Imagine getting an email from Amazon: Your toddler has been dispatched. Madness. 

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.