COVID Card #36

June 10, 2020 | 0 comments

Postmaster (1889-1893) General John Wanamaker believed that young people would be more inclined to keep family farms going if they were more connected to other parts of the country.

“I think the growth of the Farmers’ Alliance movement and the other farmers’ movements in the past few years has been due to this hunger for something social as much as to anything else,” Wanamaker wrote in 1891. He proposed that rural customers receive free mail delivery, which was already being provided in many cities.

According to this article, the Populist movement grew out of Farmers Alliances.

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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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