GPO #684 postwoman about 1917. As able bodied Postmen left to fight in the war, Postwomen were appointed to replace them by the GPO (General Post Office). In 1916 postwomen were issued a blue straw hat, blue serge coat, and skirt and boots. They also had a waterproof cape and skirt for foul weather. They were also issued a gold colored GPO hat badge and collar badges. The buttons on the uniform was a GPO cypher, England.
Motorcycle, ca. 1911 A city carrier in Washington, D.C., gathers mail from a post-mounted collection box using "The Flying Merkel," a belt-driven, two-cylinder V-twin motorcycle, circa 1911. The use of motorcycles for mail collection and delivery in cities peaked in the 1920s. Four-wheeled automobiles and trucks, with their larger capacities, soon became the vehicles of choice.