Sep
28

Skyhook Mail Container, 1949

In the 1930s, U.S. postal officials tried different ways of moving the mail. One technique was called “skyhooking,” which brought the mail to rural towns that had no adequate railway or highway mail routes. The mail was placed in a rubber container suspended between a pair of 15-foot-tall posts. The planes chosen for the service… Continue reading Skyhook Mail Container, 1949

Sep
25

Where Learning Happens: Highlights from the 2010 Annual Report

Can you hear us now? The online SHOUT program encourages young people to engage in global issues, participating in their own communities and online. For example, students on six continents are measuring tree growth in their backyards and sending the results to a Smithsonian Environmental Research Center database. The dynamic electronic platform at shoutlearning.org hosts online discussions with Smithsonian experts, posts… Continue reading Where Learning Happens: Highlights from the 2010 Annual Report

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