One of the most unusual postal inspector assignments was in the mid-twentieth century when individual inspectors were assigned to the White House. When the President left the White House, the assigned inspector traveled with him. Travel duties included overseeing the dispatch, delivery and protection of the President’s mail, using a specially-assigned White House mailbag.
On May 1, 1937, Postal Inspector Herbert G. Theurer carried this mailbag from the Galvez Hotel in Galveston, Texas, where President Franklin Roosevelt was staying while on vacation. Theurer hand carried the bag and its contents to Roosevelt who was enjoying some offshore fishing aboard the presidential yacht Potomac.
Image (top): FDR's mailbag. On loan from the United States Postal Service
Image (bottom): Inspector Herbert Theurer posed for this photograph with the White House mailbag. Courtesy of the Ron J. Pry Historical Collection