Until 1920 children in America could legally be sent by parcel post. As you’ll have seen from the FACTS page, in 1914, the parents of 4-year-old May Pierstorff mailed her from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents in Lewiston, Idaho. Mailing May was apparently cheaper than buying her a train ticket. She wore her 53-cents worth of postal stamps on her jacket as she traveled in the train’s mail compartment! Click here for a photo of another posted child.
Although moontrug does not recommend you bubble-wrap up and squeeze yourself into a postbox, we would love to hear your weird and wonderful ideas. Whether it’s a new story idea, a brilliant opening line to a novel, a quirky fact or an invented word, send us a postcard with your thoughts and moontrug will whack it up in The Moontrug Madness gallery. Address for such nonsense is: Abi Elphinstone, 4 Pont Street, London, SW1X 9EL. Or, if you want to be a Techytrug, drop Moontrug an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.