Our topic for the meeting will be Trolley Mail Service….Moving Mail…Not People. John Crowley will discuss the history of streetcars being used to assist in the delivery of mail in St. Louis.
Streetcar RPOs (Railway Post Offices) represented a real improvement in service in their time, but eventually were replaced by trucks as vehicles and roads improved in the early 20th century. These special trolleys collected, moved, sorted, and cancelled mail along their routes through the city. Many had slots where mail could be deposited on the street.
Meet us at 10 a.m. at Mudd’s Grove. Light refreshments.