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Carriers' Addresses:
New Year's Greetings


Carriers Addresses from Other Service Workers

Poems similar to carriers' addresses were sometimes used by members of other groups accustomed to an annual tip--watchmen, scavengers, lamplighters and letter-carriers. They were distributed at Christmas or New Year's Day.

City Scavengerdot
City scavenger's New Year's address, for 1834.
[Westerly, R.I.?], 1834.
The trash haulers may be black, for the poem recommends colonization of freed slaves in Liberia and wishes:"May our people be free from all Tyranny's chains, Which never can be while slavery remains."Harris Broadsides Collection
The city watchmen's address on the return of Christmas, 1867.
Pittsburgh: W.C. Johnston & Co., Print., 1867.
Along with a list of the locations of fire alarms and a calendar for 1868, the poem by Conny O'Ryan mentions a new iron bridge and complains of slow business and violent crime, requesting a small remittance for "The faithful watchman on his beat."Harris Broadsides Collection
The watchman's address, to the citizens of Philadelphia, on the return of Christmas, December 25th, 1816.
Philadelphia, 1816.
The first five stanzas resemble a Christmas carol; then the watchman wishes blessings on his patrons and describes his hardships in darkness and storms as he gives the alarm of fire and guards against marauders.
Harris Broadsides Collection
City watchman's address, for Christmas Day, December 25, 1830.

[Philadelphia]: Joseph Rakestraw, Printer, 1830.
The patriotic poem congratulates France on the overthrow of Charles X with the help of "Brave Lafayette! Columbia's adopted son,"and hopes for independence for Ireland and Scotland.
Harris Broadsides Collection.

Watchman's address. The city watchman's address on the return of Christmas, A.D. 1836.

[Philadelphia]: Rackliff & Jones, Printers, 1836.
The building pictured is probably the State-House in Philadelphia, since below are printed the "Regulations of the State-House bell, in case of fire."The poem requests a tip for "your Nightly Guardian."Harris Broadsides Collection
The lamp-lighter's address to his generous patrons.

Boston: Howe & Norton, Printers, 1826.
The lamp-lighter remarks, "Tho' small his pay, his labour's hard,"and requests a "small memento."Harris Broadsides Collection
Lamplighter's address for 1870. Christmas, 1869, & New Year's 1870.
[United States, 1869]
Printed on a stiff card, the poem refers to the lamplighter's "annual call."Harris Broadsides Collection
Lamplighter's address.
[United States]: Thomas & Evans, Print., [between 1850 and 1900?]
The date has to be inferred from the lamplighter's clothing in the illustration.
Harris Broadsides Collection

Letter carriers' address. 1868.
Hartford, Conn., 1868.
The third and fourth pages give the hours of the Hartford Post Office, list locations of collection boxes and give other postal information.
Harris Broadsides Collection

Letter carriers' annual greeting. January, 1871.

[New Bedford, Mass.]: Standard Press, 1871.
The poem mentions the letter carriers' blue uniforms and describes the letters' contents.
Harris Broadsides Collection


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