For most people, the only mail they get is bills, junk mail, and the occasional birthday card. Many people won’t even send cash via the post because of the risk of it being intercepted.
But some people have been a bit more ambitious with the things they entrust to their postman. Here are 10 of the weirdest, most valuable, or frankly objectionable items that have made their way through the postal system.
10.The Hope Diamond
If you had one of the most valuable diamonds in the world, how would you transport it? Carefully, one assumes.
Previous owners had been somewhat cavalier with the Hope Diamond. For example, Evalyn Walsh McLean put the stunning blue diamond on her dog’s collar. She also let injured soldiers toss the diamond between their beds at Walter Reed Hospital to raise their spirits. But perhaps the most risky trip ever taken by the Hope Diamond was via the US Post Office.
After McLean’s death in 1947, the Hope Diamond was sold to the gem dealer Harry Winston. He used the famous stone to draw in business. In 1958, he was persuaded to donate the diamond to the Smithsonian Institution. He decided the best way to get it there was to send it by post.
The total cost of the postage was $2.44. Not entirely heedless of the risk, Winston did take out a $1 million insurance policy on the diamond. Postman James G. Todd walked the Hope Diamond in its brown paper package over to the Smithsonian and presented it to head of the institution in front of waiting cameras.