COVID Card #50

June 24, 2020 | 0 comments

Fifty days, fifty dorky little postcards. Happy 50th, COVID Cards!

In the first half of the 20th century, the amount of mail going through the postal service grew rapidly. In the 50s, things started getting out of hand. The Chicago Post Office — the largest in the world with a whopping 60 acres of floor space — had a 10 million piece back up. Speaking to a House subcommittee to address the issue, the Postmaster General said:

At the peak of the crisis in Chicago, ten million pieces of mail were logjammed. The sorting room floors were bursting with more than 5 million letters, parcels, circulars, and magazines that could not be processed. Outbound mail sacks formed small grey mountain ranges while they waited to be shipped out.

Our new and beleaguered Chicago postmaster summed it up pretty well when he said: “We had mail coming out of our ears.” (source)

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To learn more about any of the first 100 cards, select a number from the list below.


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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