Around the time of the US Civil War, it became clear to at least of a couple of postal clerks that requiring people to pick up their mail was a problem that was going to keep growing. During the Civil War, it was not uncommon for long lines of people (mostly women) to form around post offices and other pickup (and drop off) locations. And so began the move to residential and business delivery. At first, only the major cities were given this service. Eventually, other cities could request the service. In order to be considered, a city had to make sure that streets were lit and named, that houses were given numbers, and that crosswalks were designated.
COVID Card #35
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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.