DCSIMG

The Service Ends

Refer to caption
Letter carrier standing with a day’s delivery worth of packages
Letter carrier standing with a day’s delivery worth of packages

The turn of the last century brought many changes affecting mail transportation and delivery. Pneumatic tubes sped mail underground. In 1913 the Post Office rolled out Parcel Post Service, allowing packages up to 50 pounds in the mail. Letters were joined by tons of packages and postmasters needed trucks to carry all that mail. The end of RPO trolley cars was in sight.

San Francisco stopped the service in 1906. New York postal officials put an end to trolley mail service in 1900, Rochester in 1909. The service ended in most of the remaining cities between 1913 and 1919. Baltimore ended the service in 1929. Trolley mail was no more.

Refer to caption
Clerks loading pneumatic canisters with mail
Clerks loading pneumatic canisters with mail

Refer to caption
Carriers posing with new parcel post truck loaded with packages
Carriers posing with new parcel post truck loaded with packages

Refer to caption
This envelope was processed on Baltimore’s Roland Park & Highlandtown RPO trolley on June 15, 1917
This envelope was processed on Baltimore’s Roland Park & Highlandtown RPO trolley on June 15, 1917

Refer to caption
Baltimore RPO trolley #500
Baltimore RPO trolley #500

Refer to caption
This envelope was processed on a Boston RPO trolley on July 31, 1904
This envelope was processed on a Boston RPO trolley on July 31, 1904

Refer to caption
Boston RPO trolley #2934 operated by the Union Traction Company
Boston RPO trolley #2934 operated by the Union Traction Company