Tuesday, May 22, 2012
THE POSTAL MUSEUM
ALL I CAN SAY IS "WOW". THEY HAVE A MUSEUM FOR EVERYTHING.
THIS "POSTAL MUSEUM" WAS JUST FASCINATING.
THE HISTORY OF HOW THE POSTAL SYSTEM IS REMARKABLE.
The museum is across the street from Union Station. It is a beautiful building. Used to be the
Washington DC Post Office. The inside detail work is really fine.
Inside the old Post Office
The old Post Office with all the windows
The ceiling with stamp work
the entry of the museum displays forms of travel used to move mail
In honor of Benjamin Franklin- the father of modern mail
Modern mail truck
Inside an old Mail Rail Car
Owney- the dog who became the Postal mascot. He traveled on the Mail railcars all over the country. Everywhere he went they attached tags to him to show where he had been. He became very
famous. When he died, the postal workers had him stuffed and he is on display here in the museum
Stage coach with mail
The "King's Best Highway" The original route of the mail on the east coast.
Pony Express- one of the private companies that tried to run the mail
The push for FREE delivery
The town Post office was the Central meeting place. You had to pick up your mail and go there to send mail before stamps.
The invention of the Zip Code
The OCR machine could read the addresses and made mail service much faster