Railway mailbox mechanism, 19th century

Railway mailbox mechanism, 19th century

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Caption: Railway mailbox mechanism. 19th-century artwork of the mechanism used on railways to deposit mailbags from passing trains without the need for them to stop. The mailbag would be suspended on a hook from the side of the train, designed to safely release it into the receptacle shown here. Artwork from the 21st volume (first period of 1898) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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