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A mail bag or mailbag can be one of several types of bags used for collecting or carrying different types of postal material. [1]

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  1. Marsh, Allison (March 2006). "Prototype Mail Pouch". Former Object of the Month. National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Archived from the original on November 17, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2012.

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