Wireless Telegraph and Parcel Post

In technology news from 1913, we bring this report from the January 9 Skidmore New Era:

Wireless Telegraph and Parcel Post

At midnight, Dec. 31, messages were flashed for the first time from the great wireless telegraph tower at Arlington, just across the river from Washington, to the Eiffel Tower, Paris, to the big wireless tower at Clifdon, Ireland, and to points on the Pacific coast.

A few seconds later Postmaster General Hitchcock inaugurated a new era in the American postal service by sending the first package intrusted to the new Parcels Post. Word comes to Washington that the first package mailed at Birmingham, Alabama was a pitchfork. Eggs, live bees, and chickens may now be sent to all parts of the country and borrowed umbrellas returned by mail; but alcoholic drinks are barred.

Thanks to the Skidmore papers, we know that if alligators are on your Christmas list, you can ship those, too.