Winnipeg, Manitoba

PO Winnepeg 1902

If ever a city was betrayed by the architects of its post offices, surely it is Winnipeg. Above, the post office from 1886 to 1908. I’m told this building is still standing, but cannot find a contemporary photo, possibly because no one can bear to look at it. Next came the post office below…

PO Winnepeg 2

… which served the city from 1908 to 1958, stuffed into its space and offering access to its massiveness by two small doors. This building was demolished in 1962 (and a few fragments were placed in a city park in 1990) …

PO Winnipeg Remains

… but the worst was still to come. In 1958, Winnipeg received the final insult, seen below. The post office occupies the four-story building seen to the left, while the “tower” is rented office space.

PO Winnepeg 3

An excellent history of Winnipeg’s post offices can be found here.

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Edwardsville, IL

PO Edwardsville IL

You can never tell with tinted linen-era postcards, but even after seeing other photographs, I can’t tell you what color these bricks are at the Edwardsville, Illinois, post office; they range from tan to pale red, and do pass by this shade of yellow/orange on the way. Maybe it’s the time of day that makes the difference.