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CoolnessItself
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« on: May 18, 2003, 09:57:30 pm »

Anyone know how you would address an envelope ifyou wanted it to go somewhere around 1900?
Now, say I wanted it to go to
St.  Louis Post-Dispatch
900 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Back in 1900, what would I write on an envelope?



Also, anyone know what envelopes were made of and how they were sealed?
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2003, 11:39:40 pm »

Well, there were no zip codes in 1900.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2003, 12:16:47 am »

i found a pic of something
thanks
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2003, 02:13:34 am »

Planning a trip in the Way Back machine, are we?
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2003, 02:21:54 pm »

yes, do tell.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2003, 02:45:36 pm »

I\'ve been around since way before zip codes.

If it was a large city, Detroit, New York, etc you could use something called a postal code:

Mary Smith
23 Broadway
New York 24 New York

The \"24\" is a postal code  They were used mostly by businesses.
Zip codes replaced them in 1958.

The postal codes were optional.  

Back then, there were TWO mail deliveries per day - one before 10:00am and then one before 5:00pm.  If you posted something special delivery and got it into the mail before 10:00 am it would be anywhere in the same city by 5:00pm.  

There was an \'urban legend\' (nobody called \'em that back then)
that this address worked (and it actually would have worked)

Mary Smith
And
Mass

(for Andover Mass)

I used to get mail addressed

Jim McNamara
Domingo NM
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2003, 03:40:53 pm »

wow thanks smile


I feel young


for all those of you who are wondering, Im doing this because our english teacher ran out of things to keep us occupied with during exams. So, she gave us a biography and I have to write a letter from Andrew Carnegie to someone, like I was back in that time person.
Busy work.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2003, 01:02:08 pm »

We\'re all surrounded by pensioners *g*
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2003, 08:06:14 pm »

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Originally posted by CoolnessItself
wow thanks smile  


I feel young


for all those of you who are wondering, Im doing this because our english teacher ran out of things to keep us occupied with during exams. So, she gave us a biography and I have to write a letter from Andrew Carnegie to someone, like I was back in that time person.
Busy work.

Hey write one to Jane Austen asking her to stop with the books already, yes another bonnet season is upon the lowly ABC viewer :wtf:
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