The Postal Service once transported an entire bank through the mails by Parcel Post. In 1916, in order to save transportation costs, a merchant named W. H. Coltharp sent a bank in small packages through the mails by Parcel Post from Salt Lake City to Vernal, Utah.
Although the transportation of the 80,000 bricks over the 427-mile route caused some problems for postal authorities (at the time no road existed from Salt Lake City to Vernal), not a single brick was lost.
When Postmaster General Albert Burleson learned of this incident, he instructed postal regulations be rewritten to prohibit such large mailings.
His letter announcing these revisions, ended by stating, "It is not the intent of the United States Post Office that buildings should be shipped through the mail."
Even today, customers occasionally send their belongings by mail in order to save moving costs.
But since 1916, no buildings have entered the mailstream.
So....the postal service took on a large project that probably generated significant postal revenue....and PMG Burleson's reply was to turn business away?!! What great leadership.
In this economic environment that we find ourselves in today, we need to accept any items that generates positive revenue!!! Enough said!
A project like this today could generate some much needed positive media coverage as well as that much needed revenue! I don't see why this kind of thing would still be forbidden. Bring your bricks to my office and I will help you package and address them!
Good thing we didn't have flat-rate boxes back then!!
Several years abo, one customer said building materials were shipped to Alaska, since some items are too expensive there.
I read yesturday that FedEx is posting increased sales for this quarter. Apparently they are not against shipping parcels, regardless of contents!
I don't criticize them for halting such shipments, since the story said it "caused some problems," and that there was no road between the origin and the destination at that time.
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