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The messengers

The image of the young messenger who carried the errands in that Buenos Aires yesterday is lost in time.

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The “Messaging Agencies” appeared in Buenos Aires in the first decade of the 20th century. Most were located in the micro center area, such as “Messengers El Bonaerense”, Florida Street; “Messengers El Rayo”, Corrientes Street; “Messengers Argentinos”, Victoria Street (Hipólito Irigoyen).

They were in force until the 1940s. The messengers wore a gray uniform and covered his head with a cap on which the agency they belonged to was identified. They were all under the age of 16 who received a miserable salary. Attached to the belt they carried a leather envelope wallet, 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 was to wait for the response and take it to the sender, the rate was increased by 10 cents. The use of  bicycles , streamlined their journeys.

Businesses and businesses used messengers to distribute their letters, invoices and almanacs. Porteñas families used messengers to send letters, wedding gifts, invitations, etc.

On December 28, the day of the Saints Innocents, was the favorite for the Buenos  Aires jokers . They used messengers to send family and friends all kinds of clicks. That day was very special for this activity as it rained the claims to locate the funny guy and return his attention.

Publication Date: 14/09/2019

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