Diplomatic Courier Pouch
United States early 20th century
Diplomatic Couriers safely and securely deliver classified messages and material to U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. This leather courier pouch from the early 20th century in the National Museum of American Diplomacy’s collection was used by diplomatic couriers to securely transport diplomatic materials. Retired couriers who were consulted when the museum collected this pouch in 2012 noted that beginning around WWII, pouches started to be made of part leather and part canvas because all-leather pouches were too heavy, expensive, and difficult to work with.
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Diplomatic Courier Pouch. early 20th century. National Museum of American Diplomacy, https://diplomacy.state.gov/items/diplomatic-courier-pouch
Diplomatic Courier Pouch, early 20th century, National Museum of American Diplomacy, Washington, DC, https://diplomacy.state.gov/items/diplomatic-courier-pouch
(early 20th century). Diplomatic Courier Pouch [Object]. National Museum of American Diplomacy, Washington, D.C., United States. https://diplomacy.state.gov/items/diplomatic-courier-pouch