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Handle With Care: 1923

Handle With Care: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "City Post Office." Now the National Postal Museum. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Postal inspections

Also, another view of the inspectors' galleries. I'm at a loss to explain the purpose of the tall cabinet seen behind the bald clerk. I never dressed this nattily when I was doing this kind of work.

Your aim's off

Hey, do I spot a spittoon on the floor? Yes I think I do! Imagine the screaming today if someone grabbed a quick chaw in the PO.

We aim to please

That spittoon on the floor would benefit from a copy of a sign I once saw in a public restroom, to wit:

We aim to please.
You aim too, please!

No strings attached (now)

I looked at the picture and felt something out of place. Then it dawned that the postal packages were wrapped in string, something I remembered as a kid but haven't seen in years as clear packing tape took over.

Mystery Mail

It appears someone is mailing an odd package there in that bin on the right. Either a slender leg o' lamb, or maybe a tommy gun.

[Also seen here. - Dave]

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