National Geographic : 1935 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE IT IS STEAMER DAY FOR THE "TIN CAN MAIL" Choppy seas prevented these Niuafoo postmen from discharging the outgoing mail on this trip, yet they have a much easier task than the swimmers who once brought it out attached to long sticks, a practice abandoned because of fatalities from sharks. Mail from the ship is cast overboard in sealed cans and then picked up for delivery to the islanders or for reposting (see illustrations, pages 102, 106). Photographs by W. Robert Moolc BOATS REPLACE SWIMMING POSTMEN, BUT THE MAIL STILL GOES IN TIN CANS With their outrigger canoe half filled with water, these sturdy Niuafoo islanders are straining at paddles and line from a halting steamer to bring their craft alongside. Letters, prized by collectors, are carefully sealed in the can in the center of the canoe.