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.

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Paducah, KY

Behold the Paducah, Kentucky, post office in 1883, with its lofty, open cupola on top, a vantage point that surely gave one a sweeping view of this town at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers.

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.

Louisville, KY

The U.S. Customs House and Post Office in Louisville, Kentucky, which opened in 1892, was described as the most notable building in the city until it was demolished in 1942-1943. But what a magnificent structure it was while it lasted. I love the columns that go from the second to the fourth story, and the tower that’s practically in the clouds.

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On this postcard, however, the photographer chose a different angle, bringing Standard Cleaning into prominence. And below, a more traditional view.

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Fremont, NE

Fremont, Nebraska, was one of the earliest and smallest communities in its state to receive a federally constructed post office. The original sandstone building went up in 1893-95, designed by architect Willoughby J. Edbrooke in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. I love the round-capped columns on the corners. Additions were added in 1910-11 and 1936-37. Still standing, this post office was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1996.