|Title||Donna Pennington and Ardyth Hamilton, Seattle's first women mail carriers, Seattle, 1942 |
|Caption||Before December 1942, only men delivered mail on foot in Seattle. With so many men away serving in World War II, the postal service decided to give female carriers a try. Starting in mid-December, Donna Pennington and Ardyth Hamilton sorted mail at the Broadway station and delivered it to homes and businesses on Capitol Hill.|
This photo shows Seattle residents Donna Pennington and Ardyth Hamilton, Seattle's first women to deliver mail on foot. Their full bags weighed about 35 pounds. Their Capitol Hill route was about 3 miles long, not including trips back to storage boxes to pick up more mail.
|Notes||Handwritten on negative: Donna Pennington - Ardyth Hamilton.|
Handwritten on sleeve: Pennington, Mrs. Donna; Hamilton, Ardyth.
Caption by MOHAI staff.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): December 18, 1942.
|Subjects||Letter carriers--Washington (State)--Seattle; Postal service--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Personal Names||Pennington, Donna|
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Capitol Hill (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||PI25091 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 safety film negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from print made from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 600 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |