The British Post Office blog is a joy for every fan of postal service, an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures. Shown, a postman walks along the River Swale, 1938.
The post mistress at the mail tent, Army of the Potomac, U.S. Civil War, 1861-1865
I am a fool for a fez, and here’s a row of them picking up and posting letters, circa 1899, in “Stamboul,” the heart of the Ottoman Empire.
In the 1890’s, the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Society founded Mt. Gretna, attracted by the region’s natural beauty. The landscape is still inviting, and the founders’ traditions are carried on with summer events in music, theater and art.
An almost magical street and post office in the California mountain town of Weaverville, circa 1916. Founded in 1850 during the Gold Rush, Weaverville was once home to about 2,000 Chinese miners, and had its own Chinatown. Today, the town is the home of California’s oldest continuously used Chinese temple, the Joss House (also called “The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds”), a Taoist temple built in 1874. Novelist James Hilton, author of Lost Horizon, once said that Weaverville reminded him of his fictional creation, Shangri-La.
And here is a photo of the “Famed Circular Stairway” at the post office, taken in the 1940s…
…the post office in winter…
….and the 1916 postcard with a caption.
The post office in the Village of Grand Beach, Michigan, founded in 1903 as a “short stay” resort community on the shore of Lake Michigan, near the border with Indiana. Today it has a year-round population of about 220 residents.
The post office on the Strand Road in Rangoon, circa 1935.
The post office in Johor, also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ta’zim, or “Abode of Dignity,” a Malaysian state in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia.