True story, goods courier used to also deliver babies & children

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Delivery via courier has become the norm nowadays. Usually the object of delivery is goods and sometimes it can also be animals or plants.

However, did you know that couriers and delivery companies can deliver babies and children? This incident did not occur in the present, but 100 years ago when delivery of goods via a third person first appeared.

Since January 1, 1913 in the United States (US) post offices began providing delivery services for anything, not just letters. This service allows people in rural areas to get the goods they want from urban areas easily.

As a result, when it first debuted, the delivery service was very popular with the public. Initially they sent various kinds of goods. However, slowly the object of delivery changed, namely babies or children.

Quote Smithsonian, this can happen because the cost of postal delivery services is cheaper than buying a train ticket. As a result, parents can also send their children via courier.

The first parents to do this were husband and wife couple, Jesse Beuage. Quote Washington Post, Jesse packed his 8-month-old child from his residence in Ohio to his grandmother's house in New York, 852 km away. Normally it only costs 15 cents with insurance of US$ 50 to deliver a baby weighing 5 kg.

It is known that during the delivery process, the baby wore a bracelet around his neck to indicate the address. After that, it is packaged and sent by car to the destination address. Unexpectedly, the baby package was well received at his grandmother's house.

The success of human delivery made many other parents have similar ideas. From here, sending babies or children became commonplace. Moreover, at that time there were no rules prohibiting it.

Edna set the record for sending a child the furthest distance. He sent a 6 year old child from Florida to Virgina, a distance of 1,287 km or the equivalent of Jakarta-Lombok. And, the delivery only costs 15 cents, much cheaper than a train ticket.

However, as time went by, the incidence of sending babies or children began to stop in 1915. Of course, the reason was due to moral, ethical issues and the risk of accidents.

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