Mail and The U.S. Post Office

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Flying Fish at End of Rainbow

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media, Navy, South Pacific, V-12 Navy Program, Vintage Style, WW2, WW2 Letters, WW2 Love Letter, WWII Letter | 0 comments

Love Letter excerpt by Morris to Arline November 1944, of awe and gratitude.

Love Letter

Love Letter 1940
End of the Rainbow

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Diamond Ring – Practically Given Away!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media, Photo, South Pacific, Vintage Style, WW2, WW2 Love Letter | 0 comments

Morris was in the South Pacific when an ad ran in LOVE romance magazine. Rationing had an effect on romance during WW2 and here we see one example, a fun one. HAREM Company (The House of Rings) did all right on the romance theme. They dealt Flashing Replica Diamond Rings. From the full ad, however, seems even better served were folks in the biz of selling real diamonds.

The House of Rings Flashing Replica Diamond

The House of Rings c. 1944 Flashing Replica Diamond

“LADIES! Have you ever longed to own a real diamond ring? Of course you have. But today, due to the war, diamond prices are soaring higher and higher. They are beyond the reach of most people. Yet you can naturally satisfy your desire for beautiful jewelry at a price you can easily afford…When package arrives pay postman $1.74 plus 26ยข postage charges.”

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No Time to Write? Send a Postcard!

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in 1920s and 1930s, All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media, Vintage Style | 0 comments

Have a Heart Postcard

Have a Heart
c. 1915

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War Today Freedom Tomorrow

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media, South Pacific, V-12 Navy Program, Vintage Style, WW2, WW2 Letters, WW2 Love Letter, WWII Letter | 0 comments

I didn’t hit on a letter to write about today but here’s a clipping Morris included in one. For Morris and Arline the dream came true. The home of my childhood was just like this ad promised- a heavenly horizon in the 50s and 60s.

War Today Freedom Tomorrow

I return to the letters, feeling alone in a moment after an argument. I want to pull a letter for this date in the past. My dad’s sign offs are like a powerful love force. The words “All my love Darling” to me are gold. It’s gold because Morris made good on his word to the very end. He was an “All my Love” capable man.

My parents commitment lasted past 50 years. The communication was always respectful between my parents. They had differences, small ones like about my mother’s decorating. When she wanted to add an antique she had to get his OK and she didn’t always get the OK. Once she bought a painting by Longfellow’s niece. It’s mine now. It’s a beautiful watercolor of a lone pine tree on a ridge. When she bought it at a church sale, she told my brothers, then about four and seven, not to tell their dad. Good training Mom.

My parent’s roles, he the masculine breadwinner and she the feminine homemaker, were clearly defined. They kept arguments away from us children. I have no memory of Morris ever raising his voice or cursing at anyone. I do have memories of him being respectful to many people from all walks of life. My mother was spared so much because of her husband’s protection. To have known such great people, as they were to each other, is grace in action.

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Learning About the Post Office

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media | 0 comments

I’ve had nothing but good experiences with the Post Office. I don’t remember a package ever being damaged. I’m amazed that mail can travel across the country in only a day or two. When my son was young we took his Tiger Cub group to visit our local Post Office. To me, something about carrying personal messages touches on the sacred. When I hear that the post office is having a hard time my heart sinks. One of my mail carriers in Denver has been so personable and kind. When I heard about the Saturday Delivery cutback I wanted to know more about what’s going on. I found out that Saturdays have been on the table since the 80s. Also the post office was once involved in censoring books.

In Policy Analysis (Postal Service) February 12th 1985, James Bovard writes:

“The early colonists inherited the tradition of government postal monopoly from Britain. In sixteenth-century England, the Tudor monarch outlawed private post in order to hinder communication between potentially rebellious subjects. Later, the monopoly was justified as a revenue raiser for the Crown. But even 270 years ago, private carriers were breaking the law and providing the public with better service than the government.”

Interesting facts about the Post Office, up to the 80s anyway, are at link below.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa047.html

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Rural Mail Delivery, Post Office in a Farm

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Holiday, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Portland Maine, Vintage Style, WW2 | 0 comments

My mother remembers that as a child in Portland Maine, the mail was delivered twice a day. Today, the post office plans to end Saturday delivery of letters. Hard copy mail connects people in a way that nothing else can. In some rural areas post offices are located inside homes and farms. This news clip from Jan. 1990 is about a postmistress in my family. A post office is a center especially in small towns and rural areas.

Postmistress of Densmore Mills
Rural Post Office in Canada

Here’s what the clip says:
Lillian Hines gives a joking response when asked what she plans to do when she stops working next month. “I’m just going to go and sit in everybody’s house, ” she says laughing. It would seem only fair for the soon-to-retire postmistress. People have been coming to her house in this small Hants County community every day for 35 years to pick up their mail.
Between customers, Mrs. Hines recalls those years, sitting over a cup of coffee in her bright kitchen next to the small room which holds the mail slots, postage meters and other postage paraphernalia. Her memories of job center around the people met over the years. She remembers fondly when the community had its own school and youngsters would pick up the mail on their way home at noon. And when the general store was still open across the road, the routine for many men was to drop by for the mail and then head to the store for a chat. The post office was frequently used to drop off messages or food for church suppers. She was also on the front lines for the latest news and gossip. “When the phones first came in the people used to say, “Call Lil–she’ll know,” when they wanted a rumour confirmed. Of course as a postal employee she was sworn to secrecy and never divulged information gained about people’s lives through their mail. Mrs. Hines says Christmas’s were special in the past when more cards were sent and excited children would come in to pick up parcels. The job of running the Densmore Mills post office has been in Mrs. Hines family for several decades. Her in-laws had the task before her. As a young war-bride, brought to Canada from Scotland in 1946, by her now deceased husband Roscoe, the job as postmistress helped her meet people when she was new to the country. The community was able to express its loyalty to the post office and Mrs. Hines when several years ago Canada Post proposed closing the post office to introduce rural delivery. The customers vetoed the idea and the office remained in business, something Mrs. Hines is grateful for…..”

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