Who knows what this is and what the USPS used it for?

This post seems to be older than 1 year— so keep that in mind while reading. It might be outdated.

I bet there are a lot of you who have never seen one of these..  I used one when I first came to work for the USPS..   So who can tell me what it is and what it was for?  I will share the answer after I see if anyone knows!!


This is a collection wand. There were little disc buttons placed inside blue collection boxes. You would hold the wand on the button until it beeped. Then it would be downloaded and would show the time the collection scan was performed.

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Diane Wise

I think this is an old scanner used to record that collection boxes had been hit.

Jay Schreiber

Not a clue but have only worked at the post office 7.5 years.

Bill Bevidas

It’s an old collection wand

Doug Storace

I remember these well; it is a wand that was used on collection runs. There was a button on the inside of each collection box that you would have to “scan,” i.e., touch with the end of the wand until it beeped.

Amanda Brawner Sacket

Some kind of key ?

Louis Colee

Old collection box wand

Alishia Crawford Skelton

We actually still have one of these at our post office. It’s not in use of course. These wands didn’t get used for very long.

Richard A Chaney

Another good waste of $$$

Mark DiDonato

The original collection box scanner… There was a disk in each box . You would place the end over the disk and it would record it


Diane Wise, Doug Storace, Bill Bevidas, Doug Storace, Louis Colee and Mark DiDonato.. You are all correct.. I dont remember using them very long either. Way before scanners!!

Jennifer Clarke Metz

The wand I used to use when I was a city carrier was black

Jacklyn Reed

We used to have red and green cards for collection boxes. They were always getting mixed up.

Mary Bassett Kline

Interesting, don’t remember these at all.

Laurie Hutchings Ryder


Orlando Guilarte

Collection wand. There were little battery like looking buttons in the blue boxes and we would touch it with a scan wand and it would record the scan when it was cradled.

Sherrie Jackson Briscoe

No idea never seen one before. Way before my time. I’m like Laurie Hutchings Ryder looks like a Flashlight to me.