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Moving the Mail

The Railway Mail Service revolutionized the way mail was processed by sorting mail aboard moving trains. The National Postal Museum re-created a railway mail train in its Atrium. The interior fixtures is from a de-commissioned mail car. The exterior portion of the Railway Post Office train was created by Smithsonian artisans. 


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Networking a Nation: The Star Route Service

In 1845, postal officials tried a new approach to expand the nation’s mail service—Star Routes.



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Airmail in America

In the 1920s and 1930s, funds from airmail contracts breathed life into the nation's fledgling commercial aviation industry.


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Mail by Rail

The Railway Mail Service revolutionized the way mail was processed by sorting mail aboard moving trains. The National Postal Museum re-created a railway mail train in its Atrium. The interior fixtures is from a de-commissioned mail car. The exterior portion of the Railway Post Office train was created by Smithsonian artisans.


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On the Road

Discover the history of the postal service's vehicular fleet, the largest in the world.