Mailed Some Packages

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, April 16, 1914: Went up to town this afternoon to mail some parcel post packages. Oh dear me, and it cost eleven cents. Called on a friend and quite a sociable chat. Went to a lecture this evening in Watsontown.

Old postcard, circa 1914
Old postcard, circa 1914

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Seriously Grandma. . . You’re annoyed that it costs 11¢ to mail a package? . . .

Hmmm. . Now that I’m re-reading your diary entry, I almost think that you mailed several packages for 11¢. . . sound like a bargain to me.

A hundred years ago parcel post was the cool new thing. According to Wikipedia parcel post begin in the US in 1913.

You may also enjoy several previous posts that I did on parcel post:

Parcel Post Began in 1913

Getting Eggs and Butter in the Mail

37 thoughts on “Mailed Some Packages

  1. I wonder what the lecture was about! I can’t tell you how much seeing this blog has made me wish I could find something like that from a relative! You have such a treasure!

    1. A few years ago, I never would have guessed how quickly the post office and parcel post would become almost irrelevant to how we receive packages, etc.

  2. Yes, indeed….I agree with Mended Wheels comment: Grandma’s diary is certainly a treasure. And we’re so happy that you’re sharing it with us!
    If only Grandma could see what it costs these days to mail a package…..

    1. She’d probably be shocked how expensive it is to mail packages. (Sometimes I’m shocked by how much it costs to pay the postage to return an unwanted item that I ordered online.)

    1. Thanks for sharing the link. It’s interesting how the cost of mailing a letter went up to $.03 during World War I and then dropped back to $.02 after the war ended.

    1. Hmm, I don’t think that I ever did a post on mailing children, though I can remember seeing mention of it somewhere.

      Thanks for the link. It’s amazing how inexpensive it once was to mail letters.

  3. I love the words from the past, where else can you hear ” Oh dear me, and it cost eleven cents. Called on a friend and quite a sociable chat.” Wonderful post again, thank you!

    1. I’m glad you (and your friend) enjoyed it. I have a lot of fun doing this blog, and it’s always wonderful to hear when someone especially enjoys a post.

  4. Our Canada Post is ending home delivery of mail this year. This will be an unfortunate development for a lot of people. One hundred years ago, people saw a trip to the post office as a social networking venture, an opportunity to bump into neighbours and friends. My, how things change.

    1. Interesting thought. . . I suppose that amounts of money that seem relatively large to us now (for example, $100) will sound very small to people a hundred years from now.

  5. I guess it seemed pricey then but Canadian post is out of control. I wanted to send a parcel to New Zealand and the First Class Air was bananas. So I sent it ground post and it took 3 whole months, LOL. Good thing it wasn’t perishable

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