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How many stamps will it take to get my baby to Paramus?

But when the parcel service began, all kinds of cargo showed up in the mail stream, including coffins, eggs, dogs and, in a few cases, human young.

According to National Postal Museum historian Nancy Pope, the first known case of a mailed baby was in 1913 when Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Beauge of Glen Este, Ohio, shipped their 10-pound infant son to his grandmother’s home about a mile away, paying 15 cents in postage and springing for $50 in insurance (because they were worriers). Records do not indicate whether Grandmother Beauge received her mail in a mailbox or through a letter slot.

Mail that baby: A brief history of kids sent through the U.S. Postal Service – The Washington Post

Sadly, in 1914 the USPS enacted a “no humans through the mail” policy. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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