The Mail Story

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The Mail Story: Handle with Care
GenreAnthology series
StarringNo regular performer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 7 (1954-10-07) –
December 30, 1954 (1954-12-30)
Preceded byThe Lone Ranger (7:30 p.m. EST Thursdays)
Followed byTreasury Men in Action (8:30 p.m. Thursdays)

The Mail Story, subtitled Handle with Care, is a half-hour dramatic television anthology series which aired on ABC for thirteen weeks from October 7 to December 30, 1954.

In the premiere episode then Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield, who served in the administration of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, introduced the program to American audiences.[1] The program was partly documentary in offering explanations of the services available from the Post Office Department, now known as the U.S. Postal Service. It also had original dramas about individuals or groups who tried to misuse the mail and hence faced apprehension for their crimes. Such segments ranged in date from the 1850s with stagecoach robberies to contemporary times with sophisticated mail fraud cases.[2]

The three-month series aired at 8 p.m. on Thursdays opposite Meet Mr. McNutley, renamed The Ray Milland Show on CBS, and You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx on NBC.[3]


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 508
  2. ^ Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Network and Cable TV Programs, 1946-Present, 2003, p. 539.
  3. ^ McNeil, Total Television, appendix with network television schedules

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