Presenter: Jerry Johnson
Moderator: Tony Wawrukiewicz
This presentation illustrates a wide variety of problems with the delivery of United States letters over a period of 100 years, 1851 to 1950. Two major classifications are used to discuss the problems: Delayed Delivery and Undelivered. Delays are such situations as lack of postage, problems with the intended address, late deliveries, censorship and damaged mail. In many cases it was not possible to execute the delivery and the mail was returned to the sender, sent to the Dead Letter Office or discarded by the postmaster. Such situations involved an unknown address, mail not picked up at the post office, invalid postage, suspension of mail services and unacceptable items.