The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 171
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November 10, 1968

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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 171

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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He passed the figurehead of a wrecked ship along the beach. These are the Steven Dohanos murals in the West Palm Beach Postoffice. The mailmen carried matches, a small fry pan, and their shoes, in addition to the mail. have been lost or destroyed. Its only record today is a copy the author sent to it of his novel of that name. The Postoffice Department made contracts with the men, remembered by pioneers, but none of which has been preserved even locally. Their pay during the first part of the period was $300 per year, later raised to double that. It took the carriers three days each way to walk the 66 miles between the Palm Beaches and Miami. They walked nearly 7,000 miles each year, in less than four years the equivalent of clear around the earth at the equator. They walked under broiling sun, sometimes in cold rain, occasionally through hurricanes. (continued) He walked barefoot because walking barefoot on slipping sand, is easier than with shoes. Additionally, the hardest part of the beach, making it the best and most rapid walking, is down where the surf washes the sand, hardening it, so he took off his shoes and slung them over his shoulder in order not to get them wet. He rolled up his pants. There was not just one barefoot mailman, but quite a number no one knows exactly how many over the dozen or so years the mail was carried in this manner. The Postoffice Department Has no record of its own barefoot mailmen. Three requests to find such finally elicited the Information that it had never even heard of the barefoot mailman and that its records must (BO$r.. 8fr. S0$K 'fc ''v.- (&? All Florida Mogaiirw 9

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