Historic Hood River
You’ve Got Mail
I believe this image appeared in The Hood River Glacier with the caption
No. 8– In 1908 George I. Howe, now a Portland artist, negotiated the steep unpaved streets, carrying the mail to the Heights district of Hood River.
Definitely worked in the postal department. He was the son of Henry Lewis Howe and Isabella Bishop. His wife was Florence E. Sessions.
Wonder where this horse was kept? Possibly in Fashion Livery downtown, as if it was postal service equipment one would imagine the government would do the upkeep and stabling of the horse.
A distinctive house, still in existence?
I guess that is a mail truck of the old days! He had to be low, so he could jump off easily to deliver. The only problem is he is directly behind the gassy rear end of the horse! 🙂
Very interesting! Must have been a well trained horse.
Always love your horse photos. This is a good looking practical horse' The horses of those days is equivalent to our choices of vehicles, some practical, some old, some young, some stylish, some high bred.
It looks like a chariot! We had a talk at the Underwood Community Center a few years ago about the number of post offices that were around “back in the day”. Skamania County had dozens. Folks would send penny postcards to someone a few miles down the road (the example was Mill A to Cooks) basically saying “What's happening”. In other words, slow texts without emojis 😉