In 1909, a labor strike briefly shut down the Pathe studios in France. Perhaps commenting on this brief inconvenience, the studio cooked up the one-reel farce The New Mail Carrier. In the film, it is the Parisian postal service that is shut down by strikers. Forced to hire substitutes, the postal authorities take a chance on the monumentally stupid hero. Quickly tiring of the usual mail-carrier's regimen, the idiotic protagonist begins delivering his letters and packages wherever he feels like sending them. Impressed by his "speed," the hero's bosses hand him several more sacks of mail for delivery. But by this time, the new mail carrier is fed up with the whole business, and he cavalierly deposits the sacks into a sewer.
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