Nancy A. Pope, Curator of Postal Operations
   Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum
                                 is located in the old Post
                                 Of...
[The Soviets will be]
dropping bombs on us
 from space like kids
 dropping rocks onto
  cars from freeway
     overpasses....
Arthur E. Summerfield,
U.S. Postmaster General
September 16, 1958

Regulus II fired from the U.S.S.
Grayback (SSG-547)




May 1, 1959

Regulus I land launch, California
Loading Regulus missile aboard USS
Barbero at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1960.
   Photograph courtesy of Ronald Phillipi
Loading Regulus missile aboard USS Barbero at Pearl
              Harbor, Hawaii, 1960.
          Photograph courtesy of R...
Regulus I missile onboard the
        USS Barbero
Lt. Cdr. Carlos Dew, Captain of
the USS Barbero and
Postmaster General
Summerfield watch as the
Regulus I missile mail is ...
One of the two
   Regulus I missile
containers used on the
  June 8, 1959 flight.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLrA8_5K_Dc
                   Or
        http://tinyurl.com/n2rl4l
Postmaster General
Summerfield, flanked by Navy Capt.
Arnold Schade, Lt. Cdr. Carlos
Drew, and Deputy Postmaster General
E...
Postmaster General Summerfield and Deputy
       Postmaster General Sessions
Front and back of
one of the missile
 mail envelopes.
I have been collecting First Day
Covers for the past 10 years . . .
Being a taxpayer and financing in
part, at least, this...
I have enclosed 20 cents
to purchase one of these
covers. If that is too
much money, please
keep the rest as my
donation t...
I believe we will see Missile Mail developed to a
significant degree before man has reached the moon.

Guided missiles may...
www.postalmuseum.si.edu
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Smithsonian National Postal Museum curator Nancy A. Pope tells the fascinating and weird story of "missile mail," a Cold War era mail experiment.

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Mail by Missile

  1. 1. Nancy A. Pope, Curator of Postal Operations Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  2. 2. The National Postal Museum is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25. Admission is free.
  3. 3. [The Soviets will be] dropping bombs on us from space like kids dropping rocks onto cars from freeway overpasses. Lyndon B. Johnson, US Senate Majority Leader, 1957
  4. 4. Arthur E. Summerfield, U.S. Postmaster General
  5. 5. September 16, 1958 Regulus II fired from the U.S.S. Grayback (SSG-547) May 1, 1959 Regulus I land launch, California
  6. 6. Loading Regulus missile aboard USS Barbero at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1960. Photograph courtesy of Ronald Phillipi
  7. 7. Loading Regulus missile aboard USS Barbero at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1960. Photograph courtesy of Ronald Phillipi
  8. 8. Regulus I missile onboard the USS Barbero
  9. 9. Lt. Cdr. Carlos Dew, Captain of the USS Barbero and Postmaster General Summerfield watch as the Regulus I missile mail is loaded aboard the submarine.
  10. 10. One of the two Regulus I missile containers used on the June 8, 1959 flight.
  11. 11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLrA8_5K_Dc Or http://tinyurl.com/n2rl4l
  12. 12. Postmaster General Summerfield, flanked by Navy Capt. Arnold Schade, Lt. Cdr. Carlos Drew, and Deputy Postmaster General Edson Sessions.
  13. 13. Postmaster General Summerfield and Deputy Postmaster General Sessions
  14. 14. Front and back of one of the missile mail envelopes.
  15. 15. I have been collecting First Day Covers for the past 10 years . . . Being a taxpayer and financing in part, at least, this historic firing, I feel that I should be given the opportunity to obtain one of the First Day Covers along with the other 2,999 people. John Gagliardi, Lyndhurst, NJ
  16. 16. I have enclosed 20 cents to purchase one of these covers. If that is too much money, please keep the rest as my donation to the efforts. David Skerry, Medford, MA My good friend Arthur Godfrey tells me he is quite sure if I write you personally, I would get one. Wm. C. Notmeyer, San Francisco, CA
  17. 17. I believe we will see Missile Mail developed to a significant degree before man has reached the moon. Guided missiles may ultimately provide a solution to problems of swifter mail delivery for international mails, as well as a supplementary high-priority service to big population areas. Arthur E. Summerfield, Postmaster General June 6, 1959
  18. 18. www.postalmuseum.si.edu
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