Artsy: The Barefoot Mailman

Once upon a time—before electronic mail was even a twinkle in a programmer’s eye—correspondence was delivered by heroic means. As the legend goes: “Neither pirates, nor sharks, nor crocodiles shall keep these carriers from their appointed rounds.” In the case of the iconic seaside U.S Mail carriers in 19th-century South Florida, coined the Barefoot Mailmen, their routed course spanned a 68-mile stretch across the Florida coast—void of roads, railroads, or fresh water for horses. Aside from the 28 miles traversed by rowboat, the rest of the journey was taken with bare feet upon the sand.


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