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David Larrabee Collection

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1889 08 27 MEC Post Office Adjustment


The movement of U.S.Mail by the railroads was an important ingredient in the operation of the RR industry. This was certainly true for Passenger Service which moved on regular expedited schedules which the Post Office desired. The Railroads didn't just transport the mail but they carried Railway Post Office cars in which special Postal Employees sorted the mail in route. When the Post Office moved this business to highways in the 50s it was the death nell for low volume passenger service AND for all service on many lightly used branch lines. In this file the magnitude of the value is quite evident. MEC was paid by the Post Office $13,433 per year to provide the service... That was a significant amount in 1889 dollars... ! /DL

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Washington DC; Skowhegan; Portland


Skowhegan, Mail, Route No 5; Assistant Post Master General

Maine Central and U.S.Post Office Dept Agreement



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