I bought 5 of the "As long as there are postmen" cards from Missive Maven because I love them--this one went to a friend in Tupelo, MS because I thought he would enjoy it.
The two postcards to the grands at the bottom of the collage below
got cut off when I made the collage.
The ones below went out in Jan.--
so not part of A Month of Letters
Incoming this week
Fee and I went junking last weekend,
and I found these letters in a batch ready for me to bring home.
1928 and a 2 cent stamp on top!
I'm almost finishing reading Neither Snow Nor Rain an ARC I received through NetGalley. Who would have imagined how fascinating a history of the USPS could be?!
It has been both informative and compelling--from Ben Franklin through all of the Post Masters, through the battles with alternative carriers, the short history of the Pony Express, the competition with technology, and so much more.
While I expected to find some interesting information, I couldn't believe how engrossing a history of the mail in the United States could be.
“It’s impossible to overstate the impact of the United States Postal Service on American Life . . . This book explores the rich history of this formidable operation, as well as its slow disappearance.”—Chicago Tribune
“Devin Leonard has achieved something astonishing. He has taken the Post Office—too often disparaged as the carrier of ‘snail mail’ in this age of instant communication—and delivered a vivid and surprising story filled with indelibly drawn personalities including a founding father, an obsessive nineteenth-century smut-hunter, the swashbuckling pilots of the earliest, nearly suicidal airmail service, and many others. With crisp prose and unflagging narrative drive, Leonard reveals the forgotten history of the institution, and makes abundantly clear, the story of the Post Office is also the story of America.”—Fergus M. Bordewich, author of The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government
The amount of mail handled by the USPS is almost beyond comprehension, even if the majority of mail now consists of junk mail and advertisements.
While the Month of Letters challenge is a bit overwhelming to manage, I'm even more pleased to participate when I think that the disappearance of first-class mail and the postal system as we know it is a distinct possibility.