COVID Card #12

May 17, 2020 | 0 comments

Card 12 recognizes Dead Letter Offices. DLOs are unique in that, quite early on, women could work at them. Once source I read states that women were desirable employees because they were more trustworthy than men (and a lot of money was sent via US mail). Other sources say that women were employed by DLOs particularly during the Civil War because men were need to fight. Maybe both are true. What do I know? Whatever you believe, you should learn about Vinnie Ream who was one of the first women to work in a DLO and so much more.

On a side note, the Dead Letter Office died in 1990. RIP Dead Letter Office.

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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