Uniforms and Equipment

Form, function, and fashion.

  • Mail Collection Boxes: A Brief History PDF | RTF
  • Curbside Mailboxes: A Chronology of Size Changes  PDF | RTF
  • Postal Inspectors' Badges PDF | RTF
  • Letter Carriers' Satchels PDF | RTF
  • Letter Carriers' Whistles and Door Knockers PDF | RTF
  • Letter Carriers' Uniform

For Even More Information

Visit our online photo gallery, Postal History Photos: Equipment.

Read More: Stamp Ceremonies and Events


View Artifacts Online

To learn more about the history of uniforms and equipment, you can search the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.