Jason Kottke sends creative packages. So creative, in fact, that postal services sometimes don’t know what to make of him. Turns out the Australian authorities do not have a soft spot for Wisconsin sausage. Whoops:
But did that stop Jason from sending living organisms in #JAK03? It did not. In his letter, Jason related the history of the US parcel post, plus the original “living thing” to travel by USPS: a small child in Idaho, incredibly enough.
Thankfully, Jason found two far less problematic living items to include: sea monkeys and a sourdough bread starter. Here’s an excerpt from his letter, and a few shots of the contents. Curious? Grab #JAK04.
“In 1914, the parents of a blonde four-year-old named May Pierstorff sent her from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents in another part of the state for 53 cents, the going rate for chickens. Word of her excursion quickly prompted the Post Office Department to forbid sending any human being by mail. In 2013 dollars, 53 cents is about $12, which seems like a great bargain for interstate travel.”