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In 1971, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was among the first federal law enforcement agencies to hire women as agents; these days over 20% of the Inspection Service is female. Postal Inspectors are federal law enforcement officers who carry firearms and are able to make arrests and serve federal search warrants and subpoenas. The National Postal Museum proudly welcomes female representatives from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; visitors will hear about the responsibilities of the job and familiarize themselves with bullet-proof vests, walkie-talkies, and other equipment.
Dead Letter Office Challenge
Beginning in 1825, undeliverable mail without a return address was sent to the “Dead Letter Office.” Perhaps the receiving address was incorrect, or badly misspelled; it could even be a case of terrible handwriting! In the late 19th through early 20th century, women proved to be most successful in solving the Dead Letter Office puzzles and ensuring that the mystery mail ended up in the correct destination. Try to make sense of actual examples of “dead letters” and decipher the undecipherable in this popular game.
Once the preferred method for printing stamps, inked metal plates run through a Spider Press could quickly create multiple, identical prints. A press team traditionally consisted of a “pressman” who inked the plate and turned the wheel of the press, and an assistant – usually a woman-who was in charge of laying and then removing the paper. Not only did the assistant have to keep their hands completely free of ink, they had to quickly and accurately place and pull the paper. Watch a demonstration of the process on a real 19th century printing press, print your own postcard, and learn about the challenges of the job.
Join us for interactive readings of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s delightful book, “Eleanor and Amelia Go for a Ride,” which chronicles the real-life friendship of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, both legendary women in their own right. Similarly ambitious and intelligent, the pilot and First Lady developed a close bond and supported each other’s endeavors and interests.