I find the post offices of this region to be fascinating. I don’t know if it’s the light, the architecture, the palm trees… probably all three.

Bandoeng, Java

Kuala Simpang

Sibolga, North Sumatra

Djakarta, Java

Benito, French Congo

What is today Equatorial Guinea was known as the French Congo from 1891 to 1910. The Benito is a river, known locally as the Mbini River, and I’m assuming this post office was in the town of Benito, probably today’s town of Mbini, at the mouth of the river. In the center of the car is a man in a suit, who has taken his large, light-colored hat off for the photograph. I assume he’s the postmaster. Also of interest, the Benito River is one of the few habitats for the Goliath Frog, none of which appear on this postcard.

New York City, NY

If I was any more excited about this one, I would faint: The New York City post office on a reproducing postcard. First copyrighted as novelty items by A. Loeffler in 1895, these cards had a simple image printed and then embossed from the back. The card had printed instructions advising that a piece of paper be placed over it and a soft pencil or crayon rubbed over; in this way the image could be duplicated. My thanks to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City for the information on Loeffler and his reproducing postcards. For more on this magnificent post office, visit this earlier entry.

Mocksville, NC

The post office in Mocksville, North Carolina, sharing a building with the Bank of Davie (County). In 1926, the post office moved into the Sanford Brothers building, next door to the Davie Cafe.

Outside the post office, circa 1934, L. to R.: Daisy Holthouser (postmistress 1951), J. Arthur Daniel, Virginia Adams Waters, M. Boone Stonestreet, Armand T. Daniel, C. Spurgeon Anderson, and Samuel R. Latham.