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September 11, 2001
Collecting and Exhibiting a National Tragedy

Nancy A. Pope
National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution



Church Street Objects: Part 3

Additional items that were eventually brought into the National Postal Museum collection were: 

Letter carriers' bag, used to deliver mail to tenants in the World Trade Center

Letter carriers' bags, used to deliver mail to tenants in the World Trade Center. 

These items form the core of the Museum's 9-11-2001 collection. And although the items had been selected, and the larger objects transported to the Museum, the story was not yet over. The smaller items, from cancellation devices to mailbags, had been put aside to be transported by postal Inspectors to the Museum through the U.S. mail. These were boxed up and mailed by the inspectors in mid October 2001. 

 

 

 

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Additional Imagery

  • Register report collected from a postal service window at the Church Street Station Post Office
    Register report collected from a postal service window at the Church Street Station Post Office, New York, New York. The receipt recorded the date, time and amount of all transactions conducted at the window. The last transaction was recorded at 8:47 a.m. on September 11, 2001 -- the day of the attack on the World Trade Center. 
  • Record of Entry into Registry Section sheets on clipboard - showing route assignments dated September 11, 2001
    Record of Entry into Registry Section sheets on clipboard - showing route assignments dated
    "September 11, 2001."
  • Close-up of record of Entry into Registry Section sheet used on September 11, 2001 by the Church Street Post Office
    Close-up of record of Entry into Registry Section sheet used on September 11, 2001 by the Church Street Post Office.