In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Dec. 1, 1912

Christmas packages, which are received in the Tucson postoffice this year, will be delivered by automobile instead of by horse and buggy, as has been the custom for the past several years. On account of the heavy mail traffic during the holidays it was found necessary last year to add more clerks to the staff and to get the horse and buggy. The carriers could not possibly take care of the work.

In discussing the question with a representative of the Star yesterday, C. K. Zimmerly, assistant postmaster, said: "I hope that the people will do their shopping for Christmas early this year. It would be a great deal better for them and for the postoffices throughout the country. Mail would be delivered more quickly and there would not be so much danger of loss.

"In Tucson we expect to handle about twice as much as we did last year. On this account an automobile will be necessary. We can get the mail out quicker. I will have to double the number of mail carriers and clerks, as it is now. The people could help us a lot, if they would.

"It would make it easier on us if they would start sending out packages two weeks early, and it would be easier on the offices of address. Big Christmas traffic in mail is expected all over the country this year. We expect to handle a great deal more than ever before."

Arizona Daily Star

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