Moving the Mail

Across the United States, the Red Cross assisted postal customers to assemble the Christmas parcels. Once a parcel passed the Red Cross inspection, the package was sealed, and the “coupon” was attached to serve as the address label. All parcels and letters addressed to AEF members traveled to New York City for processing and dispatching to the port of embarkation at Hoboken, New Jersey, for shipping to US military stations overseas.

two men canceling postage on packages and on mail in mailbags
Canceling postage on Christmas packages
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Below: postal workers in New York sort numerous cards, postcards, and letters bound for the AEF by Christmas 1918.

a woman sorting a large container of letters

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a large room full of people sorting mail and mail sorting equipment

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Below: sacks of Christmas mail in New York stand ready to ship to US troops in France. acks of Christmas mail in New York stand ready to ship to US troops in France.

a large room full of people sorting mail, mailbags on carts, and stacks of mailbags

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a large room full of stacks of sorted mail bags

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