You’ve Got (Real) Mail

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Today on The Nose, the end of Saturday postal delivery was one of our topics.. (Ingeniously, we managed to group the demise of the Monopoly iron, the end of the Canadian penny and the USPS change into one uber-topic. ) During the show I mentioned that “Chess is getting rid of the black bishop.”  It may have inspired this.

Unknown to many is the odd history of Sunday mail delivery.

And after the show, my attention was directed to this lovely blog — a daily meditation about being a (CT) postal customer.

H.R. Fricker Envelope via WikiMedia Commons

H.R. Fricker Envelope via WikiMedia Commons

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5 thoughts on “You’ve Got (Real) Mail

  1. equality 7-2521

    An interesting report. I remember back in the ’50′s, during Christmas season when we would get two deliveries a day in Htfd seven days a week at times. Back when Christmas cards lined every inch of molding in our house.
    Because of some of the abuses found on the internet, perhaps if we should regulate types of e-mail commerce, that should become part of the USPS.

    aside to John’s comment: I do not support sending women into battle because I do not support sending men into combat. Why should women lower their standards and become cowards as men have? Bushian presidents and idiot lawmakers have made it much too easy to go to war, but postal service, communication is much too sacred to be regulated by such and may even prevent us from acting insane.

    1. Cynical Susan

      “I remember back in the ’50?s, during Christmas season when we would get two deliveries a day in Htfd seven days a week at times. Back when Christmas cards lined every inch of molding in our house.”

      I remember that too, fondly. I still send and get (some) hard-copy holiday cards, and I hate the e-cards that are supposed to fill the gap. I suppose one could put a monitor on the mantle and make a slide-show of such cards…..

      1. equality 7-2521

        Yes the tactile physical world still has much to offer and seems more enduring in a thoughtful, meaningful way.
        In the aftermath of this storm I’ve seen reports of analog folk who banded together and cleared their own streets, while helping their elderly neighbors unfazed, making constructive use of their time, rather than “digital” folk who expended all their energy on complaining about not being served by an overburdoned infrastructure.
        That and the continued popularity of LPs makes me feel that maybe pen pals and correspondance via th emails will enjoy a limited comeback. I’ve tried Skype but it does not replace well thought out associations, as well as the good old fashion civility which enriches the human experience.

  2. Rally Against Guns Feb 14 at Capital

    Sadly, the post office has remained in the 20th century – the earlier part. There is simply no reason that they couldn’t have changed metamorphosized as the commercial shippers have.

    Maybe there is some validity to the relationship between government subsidized business and inefficiency.

    Maybe. Perhaps they should become experimental and try the pony express.

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