Very early in US history, slaves were often charged with relaying mail from plantation to plantation. The penalty for failed or botched delivery was a barrel of tobacco. Fast forward to 1916 when the postal service began encouraging people (where residential delivery was offered) to provide receptacles for mail (apparently letter carriers were spending 30-60 minutes per day waiting for people to answer their doors and receive their mail). All kinds of containers, including cigar boxes, were used as mailboxes.
COVID Card #25
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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.