Historic Photos

Roller-Skating messengers State Farm Insurance, summer 1940

July 9th, 2017

Fayne Hoobler (left, on skates) delivers mail to Dorothy Thompson on the sixth floor the State Farm Insurance Companies high-rise office building in downtown Bloomington. Hoobler, under the direction of Divisional Manager Charles E. Beadles, tested the feasibility of equipping mail delivery staff with roller skates.The experiment proved successful by halving the time it took Hoobler to complete her rounds. Other roller skating messengers would soon follow her lead. Anyone remember when State Farm used staff on roller skates?

Bill Kemp


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