Dorchester, Dorset, UK

The post office in Dorchester, shown to the left in this postcard, still stands today. It is pictured here, at about 2:40 in the afternoon, across the way from Sir Robert Napier’s almshouse; Napier died in 1615, but not before doing some good.

Ellsworth, ME

I do not know if this post office in Ellsworth, Maine, survived the Great Flood of 1923 or the Great Fire of 1933, but I am grateful that this view of it survived at all. What a delight.

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.

PO Haverhill MA Flood