Restored post office mural to be re-installed in museum

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The depression-era mural, Emigrants at Nightfall by Loren Mozley, was removed from the walls of the post office in Alvin, Texas, back in 1966, and put into storage in the basement.  Many years later a postal employee contacted the Alvin Museum Society and asked if they would like to have it.  Now, decades later, the mural has been restored, and on September … Read More

Historic Fort Worth PO gets a cleaning

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The 1933 U.S. post office in downtown Fort Worth is getting a good cleaning for the first time in decades. Arlene Sanchez, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the spiffing-up isn’t part of any plan to sell the building, an idea that had surfaced in 2014. She said workers are doing a low-pressure wash with restoration cleansers “to remove … Read More

Using the U.S. Census to prevent post office closings

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Last week Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) announced that he would re-introduce legislation that would prohibit the Postal Service “from closing or consolidating any post office or other postal facility that is located in a ZIP code that has a high rate of population growth.” The bill “directs the Postmaster General to determine annually whether a ZIP code has a high rate … Read More

New book explains why we need a postal bank

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A new book entitled How the Other Half Banks by Mehrsa Baradaran makes a great argument for why we need a postal banking system.  The book explains how economic inequality in this country is caused largely by unequal credit.  A significant portion of the population has been deserted by the banking system and is consequently  forced to use payday lenders and check-cashing … Read More

USPS announces plan to dispose of historic post office in Clarksburg, WV

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Despite the efforts of several elected officials in Congress and the recommendations of both the USPS Office of Inspector General and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation,  the Postal Service continues to sell off its legacy of historic post offices.   This week the Postal Service announced plans to relocate retail services out of the historic Post Office and Federal Building … Read More