Wellington, NZ

The General Post Office in Wellington, capital city of New Zealand, after a fire in 1887, in the course of which all its records were lost. Photo by F.J. Halse of Wadestown, N.Z., originally published in Louis E. Ward’s Early Wellington, Whitecombe & Tombs Ltd, 1928.

Haverhill, MA

Haverhill, Massachusetts, on the Merrimack River, was a prosperous mill town with some lovely architecture. Notably, it also served as the inspiration for the Archie comics and was the home of Rob Zombie. And below, a later (?) Haverhill post office united with the Merrimack River.

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Yellowstone, WY

In the 1930’s, a primitive elk horn sculpture graced the lawn in front of the U.S. post office at the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Park rangers had gathered the horns and built the 12-foot sculpture as a tribute to the elk. (Elk, by the way, continue to graze on the lawn of the Yellowstone post office in the present day.) Shown below, a proud park ranger directs our eyes to the top of the sculpture in a photo from the June 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics.

Shangani Post Office, Zanzibar

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The Shangani Post Office was built in 1906 and is a landmark in historic Stone Town, Zanzibar. Stone Town is today a World Heritage Site, and the post office still stands, having survived a fire in 2006. Noted as “an imposing edifice” by the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the post office has a colonnaded front and a round tower. Because the streets are narrow in Stone Town, there’s really no place to stand to take a picture of the entire building. In the top image, the post office is on the right-hand side of the street; you can see the rounded dome of its tower against the sky. Below, it is the building on the left.

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Zanzibar has for centuries been a cultural melting pot, a meeting place of Arabs, Africans and Europeans. One of its most famous natives was Farouk Bulsara, born into the Parsi community of Stone Town, who gained fame as Freddie Mercury.