COVID Card #102

August 15, 2020 | 0 comments

As much as I would like to get back to illustrating fun tidbits of postal history, the current history being made deserves our attention.

The latest outrageous attack on the postal service comes in the form of shutting down and removing sorting machines. In the mid 1900s, as post offices became clogged with mail, sorting machines started to appear. By the 1980s, they were getting quite efficient. By 2013, machines were advanced enough that 89% of hand-written addresses could be read by machines.

Removing the machines can in no way improve efficiency of the postal service. On the contrary, it sets the service back decades. There can be no excuse for it.

Please take action.

Cards 1-100

To learn more about any of the first 100 cards, select a number from the list below.


The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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