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Large Smithsonian City Mailbag Messenger Bag

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Large Smithsonian City Mailbag Messenger Bag

Item #23419

Price: $299.00


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The ultimate in rugged good looks and indispensable portability, this Large Smithsonian City Mailbag Messenger Bag will keep you organized in style. Crafted from distressed full-grain leather with antique brass hardware designed by Tiffany & Co., this lined messenger bag is designed with a zippered outside back pocket, magnetic flap closure, leather-accented twill handle, and adjustable padded shoulder strap. The interior of the City Mailbag Messenger Bag features 2 interior compartments to hold a laptop, tablet or E-Reader and letter-sized files and 2 each pen/pencil loops and cell phone/PDA pockets. Leather, antiqued brass. Imported.  18"h. x 14"w. x 4"d.

Museum Provenance

An indispensable classic, the City Mailbag Messenger Bag is an adaptation of an over-the-shoulder leather mail satchel—used by city letter carriers from the 1860s to the 1980s—in the collections of our National Postal Museum. Carriers were able to tote up to 70 pounds of mail in a pair of these durable satchels, which remained the carrier’s satchel of choice long after the 1973 introduction of lighter canvas versions.

Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.


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