Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Post Office, built in the 1890s, was a towering presence, but not without its drawbacks. The main tower, although a landmark, was used only as a place to store ledgers. And James H. Bruns, in Great American Post Offices (1998), notes that clouds of dust — made up mostly of manure from the horse-drawn postal wagons — choked the workers. As the incoming mail bags rattled overhead on conveyors, a steady sprinkle of dried manure fell on those sorting letters below.

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