I love the post office, and especially post offices with character, with a story of their own. I remember the first time I saw the old San Antonio post office, a castle in Texas, how I marveled at its unlikely beauty and how I was saddened to learn it had gone the way of the dodo.
I read and learned that many of these castles were built because 1) the post office was often the only federal presence in a city, and the government wanted to make a statement, 2) legislators wanted to spend heavily in their home district, 3) such buildings were a way to build their architect’s reputation.
Sadly, most postal castles were eventually torn down and replaced with modern boxes that radiated power and practicality. But we have the memories. At the other end of the spectrum are those post offices that tell us the mail reaches everyone regardless of the humble size or nature of its dwellings along the way.
In every case, post office postcards have a richly satisfying postal cachet: a card about the post, sent through the post. These are here for your enjoyment.