COVID Card #116

August 29, 2020 | 0 comments

Card 116 is a rare (I think) three-for. With a finite amount (presumably) of post office history to draw from and no plans for when to stop, I try to make each card about just one(ish) thing.

One: Stevan Dohanos

Stevan Dohanos was another of The Section’s post office muralists, though he was probably best known for his Saturday Evening Post covers (he did 125 — hmmm…card 125…nah…). In 1939, he painted a series of murals for the West Palm Beach Post Office depicting the legend of James Edward Hamilton, one of Florida’s “barefoot mailmen.”

Two: Barefoot Mailmen

Barefoot mailmen is a term that was used to describe letter carriers who delivered mail between Palm Beach and the Lake Worth area in Florida from 1885 to 1892. The route was 68 miles long and roadless. The carriers rowed boats for 28 miles of the route and walked the rest. At the time, they were known as “beach walkers” or “beach walkists.” The term “barefoot mailman” allegedly came into use when one of the former “beach walkers” used it in correspondence with Stevan Dohanos in 1939.

Three: James Edward Hamilton

The most well known barefoot mailman was James Edward Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton died in the line of duty. Perhaps he was attacked by alligators while trying to retrieve mail from a boat. Maybe when he returned to his hidden boat, it was gone, forcing him to swim and thus be washed out to sea and eaten by sharks. It could be that, someone moved his boat, forcing him to swim the inlet where he drowned. Whatever the case, all seem to agree that Mr. Hamilton died while completing his rough and unusual mail route.

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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