COVID Card #44

June 18, 2020 | 0 comments

Some of the earliest airmail deliveries in the US were made over fairs and carnivals (as in, bags of mail were dropped at fairs and carnivals). Why is this? I don’t know. Maybe it’s a simple combination of airplanes being curious attractions in the early 1900s and carnivals and fairs being events that brought out a lot of people. According to this document:

The Department’s purpose in developing airmail service was in part “to demonstrate to men of means” that
commercial aviation was “a possibility.”

Certainly, fairs and carnivals would be good places to conduct such demonstrations.

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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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