Letter carriers are visible on nearly every street in America. But it wasn't that long ago that they were also on the the streets for another reason: Marching bands.
According to an article by the Smithsonian Institute, there were as many as a dozen organized NALC bands by 1900.
The bands played at National Association of Letter Carrier events, weddings, picnics and union ralleys.
The bands had anywhere from 18-50 members and most had special uniforms.
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|Photo courtesy Smithsonian Institute, used with permission.|