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Historical Footage Playlist on Museum's YouTube Channel

Browse additional historical footage videos on the museum's YouTube channel.

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Here's Your Letter Sailor

A 1945 instructional film by the U.S. Navy explains the processing and transportation involved in getting mail, including V-Mail, to sailors around the world.

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HindenburgDisaster Film

Herb Morrison, WLS Chicago radio reporter, and engineer Charlie Nehlsen captured the Hindenburg disaster on lacquer disc.

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Apollo 15 Cover Cancellation Film

Historic footage of Apollo 15 commander Dave Scott canceling the Apollo 15 cover.

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Train Taking Up Mail Bag

Short, silent film demonstrating how "mail-on-the-fly" worked. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

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Collecting Mail

Short film from 1903 showing a letter carrier gathering mail from a street corner package box and Scheble-style mailbox.

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Street Mail Car

Short 1903 film of screen wagons being loaded with mail at a post office.

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Wagons Loading Mail

Short, silent film demonstrating how "mail-on-the-fly" worked. The original film is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

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Carriers Leaving Building

Short silent film depicting letter carriers in 1903 leaving a post office for the day's delivery.

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Rural Wagon Delivering Mail

Watch a short silent film depicting a 1903 rural letter carrier delivering mail.