The “Messaging Agencies” appeared in Buenos Aires in the first decade of the 20th century. Most of them were located in the downtown area, such as “Messengers El Bonaerense”, on Florida Street; “Messengers El Rayo”, on Corrientes Street; “Messengers Argentinos”, on Victoria Street (Hipólito Irigoyen).
They were in force until the 40s. The messengers wore a gray uniform and covered their heads with a cap identifying the agency to which they belonged. They were all under the age of 16 who received a miserable salary. Attached to the belt they carried a leather envelope, in which they placed messages, letters or telegrams.
Up to 8 blocks charged 20 cents with tram included; up to 30 blocks with tram included, 60 cents. If the courier had to wait for the reply and bring it to the sender, the fee was increased by 10 cents. The use of bicyclesaccelerated their movement.
Commerce and businesses used couriers to distribute their letters, invoices and almanacs. The families of Buenos Aires used couriers to send letters, wedding gifts, invitations, etc.
December28, the day of the Holy Innocents, was the favorite for Buenos Aires pranksters. They used messengers to send family and friends all sorts of clicks. That day was very special for this activity as the demands were raining to locate the funny man and return his attention.
Soy Odontólogo, Médico Oncólogo y Periodista Médico.
Fui Presidente del Primer Congreso Internacional de Periodismo Médico. Actualmente integro la CD de SAPEM (Sociedad Argentina de Periodismo Médico) con sede en la Asociación Médica Argentina.
Enamorado de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, registré en el Blog “El Buenos Aires que se fue”, personajes, viñetas y hechos ocurridos en la primera mitad del Siglo XX. Trabajé en Radio Nacional en la producción y conducción de los programas “Salud, Periodismo en Acción” y “De todo un poco y de aquello, también”. En 97.9 Cultura: “Salud, Periodismo en Acción”, “Música, Recuerdos y Algo Más” y “Tango y Cultura Porteña”. Este último nominado al premio “Faro de Oro”, como mejor programa cultural.
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