Miss Letter Carrier, 1951

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While roaming through the Internet looking at images of letter carriers last week, I chanced upon this unexpected bit of postal history. Although it was Los Angeles, although it was 1951, I was still surprised. The Los Angeles Times of August 9, 1951, provided the background:

“Miss Letter Carrier of 1951 gets her insignia from U.S. Marshal James J. Boyle, left, and Letter Carrier Tom Savage, kneeling, while Postmaster and Mrs. Michael D. Fanning look on. She is Elizabeth Smith, a student at UCLA.”

“Elizabeth Smith, UCLA student and member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, yesterday was chosen Miss Letter Carrier of 1951 to preside at the annual letter carriers’ picnic in Arroyo Seco Park, Sunday. After Los Angeles letter carriers were deadlocked in their choice for Miss Letter Carrier, they called on Postmaster Michael D. Fanning and Mrs. Fanning and U.S. Marshal James J. Boyle to help them make a selection. Miss Smith won. Proceeds from the picnic will go to the letter carriers’ benevolent fund, it was announced yesterday by Letter Carrier Tom Savage, chairman.”

And at the picnic…

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