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 Tools of the Trade

Railway Post Offices rolled over thousands of route miles every day with onboard clerks sorting, bundling and sometimes catching and delivering mail "on the fly" without ever slowing down.  Accuracy mattered!  Facing slips were attached to each bundle of letters that told the name of the sorting clerk.  An error would result in demerits and a delay in delivery.  RPO clerks took great pride in their jobs and performance. 

Each RPO clerk carried a case holding both personal and work items.  They packed a change of clothes for overnight trips and meals to be eaten on the train.  Required supplies included items like facing slips and labels stamped at home with their name and train number for accountability, stamps, finger knife, badge, revolver and more.


  

Primary Sources

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Railway Postal Clerk Project Railway Postal Clerk Project Raiwlay Postal Clerk Project
 Tags for
Mail Bags
Slips with Line,
Date and Name
Pouch
Diagram
     
 Raiwlay Postal Clerk Project  RAilway Postal Clerk Project  Railway Postal Clerks Project
I.D.
Card
 Locks  Postal Laws and
Regulations Book
     
Railway Postal Clerk Project Foreman Nametag & Scheme Books
 
Railway Postal Clerks Project 
 Stamps, Finger Knives
and Tags
Foreman Nametag
& Scheme Books
 Diagram Layout
for Mail Car
     
 Railway Postal Clerks Project  Railway Postal Clerk Project Railway Postal Clerk Project
 Mail
Bag
 Railway Post Office
Clerk Badge
 Two Rectangular Stamps
with Pads
     
 Railway Postal Clerks Project Railway Postal Clerks Project
 Railway Postal Clerk Project
 Three Finger Knives
with Case
 Mobile Unit Employee
Instruction Book
Mobile Unit Employee
Instruction Book Open
     
 Railway Postal Clerk Project  Railway Postal Clerk Project  Railway Postal Clerks Project
 Permit  Round
Stamp
 Railway Post Office
Clerk Suitcase
     
Railway Postal Clerk Project Railway Postal Clerk Project Railway Postal Clerk Project
 Form
3852
 Bullets Diagram of
Train Set Up
     
Railway Postal Clerk Project Railway Postal Clerks 
Project Railway Postal Clerks Project
 Trip Report Memorandum
Closed
 Trip Report
Memorandum Open
 Request to Transfer Excess
Storage Mail Forms
     
Railway Postal Clerk Project Railway Postal Clerks Project  Mississippi practice map
Clerk Memo for
Trip Report
Dispatch
Book
 Mississippi
Practice Map