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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.

i’m starting out with a few photos of the architecture that i really liked.  this is a close up of the ceiling.
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a window to do your banking.
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part of the wall and a column.
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sil-s’s friend pretending to write out her deposit slip.
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and onto the museum portion of the postal office.
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1863 – free city mail delivery begins.

this mail coach carried mail and passengers in the early 1800’s.  the mail pouch was placed on the back of the coach or under the the driver’s seat. – museum description
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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

these are handstamps used to cancel postage.
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this is where mail was stored.  at the bottom are locks the post officers used to keep the mailbags locked up.
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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
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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
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*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

scales became fixtures in post offices in the mid-19th century when postal officials tied postage rates to the weight of the mail. – museum description
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just a few ways mail could be packaged.  left: laundry by mail; bottom center: queen bees by mail; bottom right: butter by mail; top right: eggs by mail
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modern way of scanning and tracking packages.
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different kinds of post box collections.
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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
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a replica of a post office teller station.
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a few more different kinds of post collection boxes.
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an army stamp to cancel postage.
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beautiful architecture!
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on our way back to the hotel we stopped at dolceZZa for some gelato.  yum!  this is strawberry tarragon and madagascar vanilla.
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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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