Silver Bay, NY

The Silver Bay, N.Y., post office in a postcard from the Detroit Publishing Company, photograph taken in 1906, showing the post office to the right of The Store, and…

… the post office staff on the steps of that post office in a real photo postcard by J.S. Wooley, 1908.

Store and Post Office

And another view by J.S. Wooley

And a snapshot, circa 1915, in which a young lady could not wait to leave the porch to read her letter.


Ocean Grove, NJ

Like California’s Pacific Grove, New Jersey’s Ocean Grove began as a Methodist campground on the seashore. A decline in church attendance after World War I adversely affected the popularity of Ocean Grove — a dry town where the beach was closed on Sunday morning — and the lack of visitors and new construction had the effect of preserving its 19th century architecture. In 1975, Ocean Grove was designated an Historic District, with the greatest collection of Victorian architecture in the U.S. — a perfect spot for this post office, on a card mailed in 1913.

Cancelled Post (Office), Ypres

Ypres was an historic medieval town in Belgium that was “strategically placed” during World War I. Three battles were fought there; the German army started the second in April of 1915, but when they couldn’t take the town, they chose instead to demolish it with artillery. Their guns included a 17-inch howitzer firing shells of 1,719 pounds; it was said the shells flew in “with a noise like a runaway tramcar on badly laid rails.” The gun was the legendary Big Bertha, made by Krupp and named for the heiress who inherited the firm in 1902. The post office in Ypres, shown here in a postcard mailed to Yorkshire in 1921, was on the receiving end of some of the punishment. And another view:

And the post office before the war:

PO Ypres