As early the 1910s, the postal service was looking to machines to help improve the efficiency and speed of handling a lot of mail every day. In 1959 the Farrington Automatic Address Reading Machine was demoed in Detroit at the Parade of Postal Progress exhibit. Several variations of the machine were tried over the ensuing years and by the 1970s 15 readers were being used in nine cities.
COVID Card #49
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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.