COVID Card #310

March 11, 2021 | 0 comments

Mary Earley made two post office murals: Down-Rent War, Around 1845 (Delhi, New York) and Dance of the Hop Pickers (Middleburgh, New York).

The Down-Rent War, also known as the Anti-Rent War, took place when tenant farmers were a little bit sick of being fleeced by the wealthy men to whom they paid rent and other fees. If you didn’t know that part of the US once operated under a feudal sort of arrangement known as a Manor System, you should check it out. One might say that, given the popularity of corporate landowners these days, we are nearing a sort of system like that again. There are, of course, a lot of differences, but the fundamentals are troublingly similar.

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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.

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