the postal museum and some gelato
over memorial day weekend, my sil-s and i drove out to washington, d.c. to meet up with my bro-m to visit our nation’s capital. you can read about our drive to d.c. here, our first day of visiting here, some nighttime walking here, our saturday here, the first part of our sunday here.
1863 – free city mail delivery begins.
until 1847 postmasters calculated the cost of postage in which the sender could pay all, part, or none of the postage. the addressee had to make up the difference. – museum description
this Model A mailing machine was first put to commercial use in late 1920. the machine was built to house Pitney Bowes’s Model M postage meter. this electronically-operated machine helped revolutionize letter mail processing. – museum description
by the early 1960’s the swelling volume of mail was taxing the post office department to its limits. zoning improvement plan (zip) codes were one response to the growing mountain of mail. using numbers to stand for regions, cities, post offices, or even city neighborhoods made it easier to sort mail by machine or hand. – museum description
this is the MPLSM (multi-position letter sorting machine) keyboard. employees sat at keyboards such as this one day after day, sorting letters into bins by destination. they could process letters at rates of more than 60 letters per minute. – museum description
*did you know??? in a zip code the first digit represents a region of the country. the next two digits stand for a central post office facility in the region. the last two digits represent a post office or a postal zone. so, the zip code 97403 means the west coast and pacific, eugene mail center, and the university of oregon. – museum description
pneumatic tube cylinders were used to move mail but sometimes when they were full of mail and they jammed the underground tubes, the only the way to recover the mail was to dig up the street. – museum description
on our way back to the hotel we stopped at dolceZZa for some gelato. yum! this is strawberry tarragon and madagascar vanilla.
after we arrived back at our hotel we decided where to pick up dinner, thaiphoon, and then we ate dinner and watched the memorial day special and packed up our stuff.
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