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Post office sorting shelves

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 16, 2020

Hooray for the post office!
This rough pine box has twelve dividers that create variously sized open mail slots. The box was made by Auguste Larpenteur, deputy postmaster of Saint Paul, and was used by postmaster Henry Jackson. The box stood on a counter in Jackson's general store in Saint Paul during the 1840s. The box was donated by Jackson's wife Angeline in 1859.