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    Fifteen years after Frances Reed left her position as East Aurora’s first female letter carrier, there were no women among the full-time and substitute mail carriers at the East Aurora Post Office who posed for this photograph at Christmastime in 1952. From left are Ray Hinterberger, Walter Schultz, Leslie Hudson, Clarence Yox Jr., Harry Armading, Charles Paul and Jerome Armading.   

     

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:45 am

There was no summer vacation in 1918 for teacher Frances M. Reed.

The school year ended in the Wales District on June 5, and the very next day she went to the East Aurora Post Office to begin her job as a mail carrier. Today, it’s not unusual to see a woman delivering the mail. According to the U.S. Postal Service, nearly 40 percent of letter carriers are women. But it was quite unusual a century ago when Reed began her daily route.

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