In the 1890s and early 1900s, six US cities built networks of pneumatic tubes for mail delivery. Canisters containing up to 500 pieces of mail each were fed into tubes that ran underground between postal facilities. Canisters traveled at 30mph. The tubes were abandoned for a bit as cars became the delivery vehicle of choice, but New York and Boston started using them again in the 1920s. New York, the last city to use the tubes, stopped using them in 1953.
COVID Card #67
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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.