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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.











The Star Route Service star

Networking a Nation:
The Star Route Service

In 1845, postal officials tried a new approach to expand the nationís mail serviceóStar Routes.



Airmail in America

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



Mock up of a railway mail train in the museum's atrium

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.



On the Road

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





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Moving Mail on Rivers and Lakes exhibit


Ocean Steamers exhibit


Posted Aboard the RMS Titanic online exhibit














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