Question: Back in 1913, you would take a automotive out of Bloomington. You might take a prepare out of Bloomington. Because there was no airport, you could not actually fly out of Bloomington. But there was one different technique of going from one place to one other, particularly in case you had been a baby. Do you understand what that was?
Answer: Incredible to take into consideration right this moment, however when the Parcel Post system started on Jan. 1, 1913, till the follow was ended two years later, you would drop your children in the mail in Bloomington and, for the correct postage (15 cents) affixed to the kid’s shirt or coat, plus $50 insurance coverage (in case you apprehensive they may not make it), ship them by parcel put up to, say, their grandparents in Oklahoma City. In truth, the kids’s ebook, “Mailing May,” is about that.
Photos: 2022 Cruisin’ Uptown Normal Event
A 1955 Crown Victoria with a glass roof, owned by Bernie Miller, 78, of Pontiac, is parked Saturday on North Street in uptown Normal for a automotive cruise-in occasion.
Dave Kopsell, proper, of Bloomington, will get an in depth look below the hood of a 1967 Dodge Charger owned by Dave Jones, left, who introduced three of his Chargers out to a Saturday cruise-in in uptown Normal.
Stephen Stewart, of Carlock, on Saturday in uptown Normal shines the edges of his dream automotive: a 1986 Buick Grand National.
Shown is a 1971 Oldsmobile 442-W30, parked Saturday at a cruise-in occasion in uptown Normal. Owner Jake Bauman, of Goodfield, mentioned he and his spouse, Chris Bauman, drove it for his or her 1973 honeymoon earlier than buying and selling it off in 1977. The married couple reacquired the automotive final yr after discovering it on Facebook simply 20 miles from their dwelling.
A 1947 Ford Deluxe, owned by Cecil Jones, of Bloomington, is parked on North Street in uptown Normal Saturday as a part of a cruise-in organized by the Mid-State Cruisers.
Three of Dave Jones’ Dodge Chargers are parked in a row Saturday on East Beaufort Street in uptown Normal.
A silver 1967 Dodge Charger owned by Dave Jones, of Downs, has its engine on show at a Saturday cruise-in occasion in Normal.
From left, Cindy and Don Kopack with the Mid State Cruisers are the organizers of Saturday’s Cruise-In at uptown Normal.
Dave Jones, of Downs, flips by means of a photograph ebook on Saturday in Normal displaying a lifetime of reminiscences made with a 1967 Dodge Charger he bought at age 19.
A wood signal positioned in a 1971 Oldsmobile at a Saturday automotive cruise-in occasion in uptown Normal commemorates a 1973 honeymoon journey taken by Jake and Chris Bauman, of Goodfield.
Michael Asfaw, entrance heart, exhibits his 3-year-old son Auggie, second from proper, a horn on a traditional automotive on Saturday at an uptown Normal cruise-in occasion.
From left, Chris and Jake Bauman.