Historic post office in Sheffield, AL: Rumors of closing

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The post office in Sheffield, Alabama, was built in 1930, and it's on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is rumored to be haunted by a former postal employee.  Sheffield is the birthplace of actor and senator Fred Thompson (born 1942), who, coincidentally, worked at a post office in Tennessee where he attended high school.  Sheffield is just a … Read More

New Deal post office in Somerville: For Sale

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The Union Square post office on Washington Street in Somerville, Massachusetts, was built in 1935, under the New Deal. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. As the Somerville Patch reports, the USPS is planning to move most of the Union Square operations to another location, sell the historic building, and lease back some space … Read More

Palm Beach Story

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In October of  2010, residents of Palm Beach, Florida, learned that their post office would be closing.  An historic structure built in 1936 by the New Deal, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Residents had a few weeks to protest, and protest they did, but to no avail—the post office is closing, probably sometime in June.  The … Read More

Historic Post Office in Athens, PA: Don’t Bet on It

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The rich heritage of post offices built during the New Deal is being dismantled by the Postal Service, piece by piece.  The post office in Athens, Pennsylvania, may be closing soon.  The Sayre, PA, Morning Times reports today, “According to the Postmaster (who is not a local), a truck will come in Memorial Day weekend to move the majority of … Read More

Robbing Northfield, MN, of its New Deal Post Office

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The post office in Northfield, Minnesota was built by the New Deal  in 1936.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's  a cornerstone of the Northfield Downtown Historic District.  The Postal Service has announced it will close this historic downtown post office and consolidate services at an annex a few miles away. KYMN radio reports today … Read More

What Would Dizzie Do? New Deal P.O. in Cheraw, SC, to Close

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The downtown post office in Cheraw, South Carolina, was built in 1933 under the New Deal.  It's located in the middle of the Cheraw Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's surrounded by buildings that go back to the Civil War and even earlier.  Cheraw, by the way, is the birthplace of Dizzie Gillespie. The … Read More

Closing Post Offices to Make Managers Look Good

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Representatives of the postal system appeared before a Senate subcommittee yesterday to give testimony on the financial condition of the post office as well as addressing bills before the Senate.  President of the National League of Postmasters Mark Strong had this to say: "There appears to be renewed interest in some sectors in closing small rural post offices, an interest … Read More

Fox joins the misleading “bailout” attack

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Media Matters reports that "Fox Launches Misleading Attack On Postal Service": "On Fox & Friends, Fox Business host Stuart Varney attacked the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for seeking a 'bailout" because if it "were run like a business," the USPS would be "cutting costs" and wouldn't need federal assistance. In fact, the USPS has been cutting costs for years, and … Read More

If the Postal Service were private

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The Wall Street Journal editorial bashing the USPS that we noted a couple of days ago continues to stir up controversy.  The blog "Dead Tree Edition," which follows the production and distribution of magazines and catalogs, provides a thorough debunking of the Journal piece, and it makes the additional point that the Postal Service gives the Journal special treatment: "Within … Read More