Thursday, October 29, 2009

Old Post Office

This week is really flying by, and it is Thursday all ready. That means we just about have made it to the weekend. I am looking forward to resting up this weekend.

Today's picture is from 1918, and shows a woman in the Post Office. I really like the old style wood counter. Today everything is metal, Formica or other manufactured material. I really miss the old style woodwork like in this picture.


  1. We never had field trips high school that I can recall.

    Only in elementary school.

    Lady Anne:

    Your are SO right. For some reason the USPS employs a sort of "para-military" management style that makes these people either take their jobs WAY too seriously, or they hate them and flip out.

    I have ONE more great mailman story to tell. There must be something wrong with my zip code.

  2. I love everything about this picture, and wish I could get in a time machine and go back there.

    The wood counter, the woman's attire, and the friendly expression on the postal clerk.

    Note the Red Cross donation jar to the right of the window.

    OK- Where's Doc Brown - I want to borrow the DeLorean with the Flux Capacitor!!

  3. I like the woodwork too. About 75% of my jobs connected with my remodel business are old fashioned woodworking. People miss it.

    I'm 61 years old and don't have a single bad story to tell about the USPS. Everywhere I've ever lived they have done their job cheerfully and professionally. The other services are also good, but obviously are a different style of corporate culture. Actually, I've had more trouble with them because they sometimes won't leave a package unless I sign for it, which means I have to stay home.


    You can contact their office and have them send you a paper to sign that allows them to drop off things with out you signing for it.

  5. I'm with SmartGirl 1953... I want to go back into that era. I want to have a post office like that be a daily part of my life. I want to wear my hair like that... I want that dress. I want those shoes!

    Send me an email when you locate Doc Brown, OK? I'd like to join you in the DeLorean;)

  6. Persuaded:

    What I find especially compelling about that photo is that my father (who is 94) was already three years old in 1918, and it seems SO LONG ago.

    I find it hard to picture him living in an era when people dressed like that had had gaslights instead of electricity, but he DID.

    I LOVE the woman's dress and hat.

    I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for Doc Brown, he's an elusive guy!!

  7. woodworker:

    A lot of people have great experiences with their mail carriers. When we were kids, I don’t remember any incidents like those i’ve described.

    My parents were always very friendly with their mailmen/women, and gave them gifts, etc.. And my dad lives in the same city, only a mile or two away from me - but in a different zip code. One time I was visiting them, and the mail carrier rang the doorbell and gave them their mail instead of putting it in the box, and then came in and had a cup of coffee with them.

    All this bad stuff seems to be contained to my zip code - and happened since we moved into this house.

    ps - you're a remodeler, and i'm in the middle of a complete kitchen rip job right now.

    the guy doing it is a friend of mine and a contractor with a really good reputation, thank god.

    i'm always in awe of people who can build and create things and who have those skills.

  8. I am like Smart girl. I love the dress, the shoes and the hair style. (love the hat too) What a lady she must have been. Could we ever again see this. Thank you for a lovely picture and trip to the past. Love your site! Each day it is a treat and I look forward to it.

  9. We often like to think it would be nicer to live 100 years ago because things were slower, friendlier and the clothes were nicer - I am no exception. But there were also no washing machines, refrigerators or antibiotics, limited insurance, lots of ordinary technology that we take for granted. It's a pleasant to look through the retroscope from the comforts and technology we now enjoy. I suspect when a time machine is invented, trips back to the "Good Ole Days" won't last very long after all.
    Fun trivia: as the year 2000 approached, Invention & Technology magazine had the ubiquitous "most important inventions of the 20th century" list. They also reviewed lists of similar articles from 1899. Among the top ten inventions of the 19th century was the safety match - right up there with lightbulbs and trains.

  10. You can wear your hair that way, wear that dress (or at least a replica) and that style shoes! If the weirdo lady could wear her Star Trek uniform to the Whitewater hearings, why can't you dress in Edwardian fashions? It's no secret that I enjoy Victorian reenacting and the first thing that got me into it was the clothes. But, we must always remember even today that the clothes don't make the woman - the woman makes the clothes.

  11. There's a jar on the counter with what I assume is the Red Cross symbol. Collecting for war wounded?

  12. they still call the guys at the formica counters "window clerks". This photo shows why...

    I remember my mom leaving a glass of iced tea in the mail box every day in the summer time when I was a kid.

  13. Even FedEx will allow a pre-signed document that you post at your door. In essence we are signing for the package without being present at delivery.

    Yesterday I was remembering the Air Mail Stamp. Our mail could get trucked across the U.S. or for some extra pennies we could buy an air mail stamp.

    My how times have changed.

    We recently returned some items for exchange with products at a U.S. company. The 'priority mail' cost was the most efficient for timely delivery.

  14. Great photo! I love her dress as well as the man's joyous expression!

  15. Great photo! I love her dress as well as the man's joyous expression!

  16. Anon:

    My father grew up during those times - he's 9 - and he told me it WAS better.

    Re the technology, it didn't exist, so people didn't know what they were missing. So, if we were there, we wouldn't know the difference.

    And, the personal relationships and responsibility made a profound difference.

    I believe him.

  17. Norkio - i CAN'T wear my hair like that, it's super short - like halle berry's used to be.

    I dont' know how women found the time to fix all that hair, but they were all used to it..

    I'd have to wear a wig, which i do, but only on halloween.

  18. People were referring to a time machine, which is why I said we'd have a rude shock if we travelled back in time. Because we would know the difference.
    My father lived back then. His parents died in an influenza epidemic and one sister died of TB. After his parents died, he went to an orphanage. For every happy memory of his youth he had a unhappy memory of something that wouldn't happen in modern life. People say they wish they lived 100 years ago and bring up a list of nice things like the slower pace, the clothes, the community feeling. But they don't say, I'd rather live back then even though there was a lot more manual labor in both home and work; a higher child mortality rate and childbirth death rate, and no antibiotics, lousy refrigeration. It's pleasant to think about, but if you really think it through, there are lots of drawbacks.

  19. SmartGirl, oh well, stick with your modern hair cut, lol, I do. :-) Since women didn't typically have to work outside the home, and most households had a domestic of some sort (cook, maid, etc) until the 30s, women had greater ability to dress their hair, plus they learned how from the earliest age unless they were truly wealthy and had a personal maid who did it for them. It is fun to put on the clothes and pretend we are from the era, I can't deny that, but alas I have been caught checking my phone. I'm too much a woman of the present day.


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