Uncle Sam Delivers Timber Sent First Class Mail (Feb, 1929)

Hoover of course would go on to be president and have a lovely series of outdoor living communities named after him. Weyerhaeuser is currently the largest paper company in the US.

It’s a little unclear to me why the Committee on Wood Utilization needed the plank aside from getting plugged in Modern Mechanix.

Uncle Sam Delivers Timber Sent First Class Mail

UNCLE SAM was recently called upon to perform a rather odd duty as postman. The erstwhile Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Herbert Hoover, needed a specific piece of lumber as a sample for the meeting of the National Committee on Wood Utilization. The meeting was scheduled in Washington. The lumber was in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Secretary ordered the length from the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Co., of St. Paul and they, in order to deliver in the fastest possible time, sent the article by first class mail. The ends were covered to keep them from splitting, a wrapper was placed on the middle, and Ralph Weyerhaeuser placed the timber in Uncle Sam’s hands. The size of this piece of lumber is the most unusual aspect of the feat.

8 comments
  1. Yaos says: December 28, 201012:31 pm

    The article does not make any sense. Are we to believe that until 1929 nothing larger than a letter was sent by mail? They say the size was unusual, how big was it? Did the author get hit in the head by the wood before he could finish? Is the picture what actually happened, or was it a reenactment? Did the US postal service not allow delivers directly to the local post office building, is that why he had to wait next to the mail box?

    I’m going out of my mind here!

  2. Firebrand38 says: December 28, 20102:33 pm

    Yaos: Take a deep cleansing breath and then look at the photo. Its obviously a publicity shot of the actual board with then Secretary Hoover’s address on it. We are to believe that as of 1929 nothing as large as a board had been sent by mail. The Secretary of Commerce needed a sample of a board and contacted the Weyerhauser Corporation. Wanting to take advantage of the publicity they made a big deal about it. They protected the ends and wrapped an address label around the middle. Makes perfect sense.

  3. RBayard says: December 28, 20102:51 pm

    In 1913 a bank building was sent through the Post Office, brick by brick. All 80,000 of them.
    http://www.stampsofdist…

  4. Firebrand38 says: December 28, 20103:45 pm

    Yaos: If you promise to stay calm you can follow this link to an account of the whole thing.

    It seems it was actually three 12 inch boards ten feet long. Wow, just like in the picture. And yeah it was a publicity stunt.

  5. JMyint says: December 29, 20107:18 am

    Hmm March 20th of that year Hoover was inaugurated as president and began his program of “economic modernization”.

  6. Toronto says: December 29, 20109:13 am

    FB/JMyint: So in a way, these were planks in Hoover’s platform.

  7. George says: December 29, 201011:22 am

    I guess First Class Mail didn’t have a 13 oz limit in 1929.

  8. Firebrand38 says: December 29, 201011:40 am

    George: And it was only 2 cents an ounce http://www.johnstonsarc…

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