COVID Card #46

June 20, 2020 | 0 comments

In 1917, cross-country airmail service experimentation began in the US. The US Army thought it would be a great way to give its pilots extra cross-country flight experience, so it requested operating rights. The Postmaster General and the Secretary of War thought it sounded like a fine idea. So, the Army Signal Corp began flying mail across the country.

If you are like me, you may not be overly familiar with the Army Signal Corps. You probably aren’t like me, so you can just stop reading here because, Smarty Pants, you already know about the ASC. For everyone else… The ASC is all about communications and information systems — and they manage the electromagnetic spectrum. That’s right. Well, at least it says so in their mission statement. From wig-wag to heliograph to telegraph and beyond, the ASC knows communications. Checkout their Wikipedia page to learn about wig-wag, Hello Girls, and more.

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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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