Postal Uniform History (Part 6)

1920s New Postal Letter Carrier Badge

In 1922, the postal letter carrier’s badge was re-designed. The new badge was solid, of nickel-plated metal, elliptical in shape, and topped with a 1/2 inch tall eagle with wings spread two inches wide. The numbers, raised in the center of the badge, were 9/16ths of an inch long. The words “U. S. Post Office” were raised along the top, and the name of the Post Office and state were along the bottom. Raised five-pointed stars adorned the right and left sides, visually separating the text. The badge was curved at 10% to conform to the shape of the headgear.

By 1927, the postal uniform shirt collar could be either white or the same color as the shirt-waist. Although postal regulations called for letter carrier shirts to be light- or nickel-gray until 1955, when the color of the shirt was officially changed to blue, both blue chambray and gray poplin or flannel shirts were worn.

Now, in each city, the letter carriers have a committee to investigate styles and recommend changes to be voted upon by all. Wordy battles have raged over the issue of blue chambray or gray poplin shirts. – “Postman Knows All About You,” Baltimore Sun, June 9, 1940

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