Animals in the Postal Service II: Dogsled Mail

Before airplanes dominated mail transport around the globe, the people of the northern parts of Russia, Canada and Alaska had to come up with innovative ways to maintain a regular mail service and carry mail from one place to another. This necessity eventually led to the establishment of dogsled mail, teams of dogs tasked with carrying sleds filled with post through cold and snow.

By the 1930s airplanes began to be officially used for mail transport, but postmasters were still permitted to maintain a dogsled team in the case of emergencies. The U.S.A maintained its “Alaska Dog Team Post” crew until 1963. Ever since then, many competitive dogsled races in Canada and Alaska carry mail with them for commemorative purposes.




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