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"The Evolution of the US Postal Service

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: Chief Hollow Horn Bear (1850-1913) (colour litho)

Chief Hollow Horn Bear (1850-1913) (colour litho)
PNP246140 Chief Hollow Horn Bear (1850-1913) (colour litho) by American School; Private Collection; (add.info.: studio portrait for the 14 cent US stamp honouring Native Americans;)

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: POST OFFICE, 1935. The Post Office at Nethers, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, October 1935

POST OFFICE, 1935. The Post Office at Nethers, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, October 1935. Photographed by Arthur Rothstein

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: POSTMAN, 1939. A postman with equipment waiting to board a streetcar at the terminal

POSTMAN, 1939. A postman with equipment waiting to board a streetcar at the terminal in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photograph by Russell Lee, July 1939

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: POST OFFICE, 1936. Men standing in front of a Post Office on the Lower East Side of Manhattan

POST OFFICE, 1936. Men standing in front of a Post Office on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. Photograph by Dorothea Lange, June 1936

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: TEXAS: MAIL WAGON, 1937. A horse drawn mail wagon in Marshall, Texas

TEXAS: MAIL WAGON, 1937. A horse drawn mail wagon in Marshall, Texas. Photograph by Dorothea Lange, June 1937

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: CHICAGO: POST OFFICE, 1929. Postal workers processing packages during the Christmas

CHICAGO: POST OFFICE, 1929. Postal workers processing packages during the Christmas rush at a post office on Van Buren Street in Chicago, Illinois, 18 December 1929

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: U. S. AIR MAIL PLANE, 1927. Workers in Cleveland, Ohio load a U

U. S. AIR MAIL PLANE, 1927. Workers in Cleveland, Ohio load a U
U.S. AIR MAIL PLANE, 1927. Workers in Cleveland, Ohio load a U.S. Air Mail plane with sacks of letters for delivery: photograph from a stereogreaph view, 1927

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: POST OFFICE, SAN FRANCISCO. The Post Office at the corner of Pike and Clay Streets

POST OFFICE, SAN FRANCISCO. The Post Office at the corner of Pike and Clay Streets in San Francisco in 1849. Lithograph, c1850

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE. A tent used for a post office, following the earthquake

SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE. A tent used for a post office, following the earthquake of 18 April 1906. Stereograph, 1906

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: SANTA CLAUS, 1921. A truck decorated in an appeal for early mailing during the Christmas season

SANTA CLAUS, 1921. A truck decorated in an appeal for early mailing during the Christmas season, with a man dressed as Santa Claus on back of truck in Washington, D.C. Photograph, 10 December 1921

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: SAN FRANCISCO: POST OFFICE. Lithograph, c1849

SAN FRANCISCO: POST OFFICE. Lithograph, c1849

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: A United States Mail car delivering mail to an airplane. Photograph, c1918

A United States Mail car delivering mail to an airplane. Photograph, c1918
U.S. AIR MAIL, c1918. A United States Mail car delivering mail to an airplane. Photograph, c1918

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: STAMP CANCELING, 1896. Letter canceling machines in the United States Post Office, New York City

STAMP CANCELING, 1896. Letter canceling machines in the United States Post Office, New York City. Line engraving, 1896

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: PANAMA RAILWAY, 1855. The United States Mail Steamship Companys premesis, at Aspinwall

PANAMA RAILWAY, 1855. The United States Mail Steamship Companys premesis, at Aspinwall. Eastern terminus of the Panama Railway at Aspinwall (now Colon). Wood engraving, English, 1855

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: CHURCH AND STATE, c1816. An American cartoon supporting the strict separation between church

CHURCH AND STATE, c1816. An American cartoon supporting the strict separation between church and state, with a satirical depiction of attempts by Christian organizations to prevent the U.S

Background imageUs Postal Service Collection: GALVESTON, TEXAS, 1888. Wood engraving, 1888

GALVESTON, TEXAS, 1888. Wood engraving, 1888


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"The Evolution of the US Postal Service: From Chief Hollow Horn Bear to Modern Mail Delivery" Step back in time and witness the rich history of the US Postal Service through captivating images. Chief Hollow Horn Bear, a prominent Native American leader from 1850-1913, serves as a reminder of the diverse cultures that shaped this vital institution. In 1935, nestled within Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, stands a picturesque post office at Nethers. Arthur Rothstein's photograph captures its rustic charm amidst nature's beauty. Imagine being a postman in 1939, equipped with traditional tools and patiently waiting to board a streetcar at the terminal. These dedicated individuals were the backbone of efficient mail delivery. Traveling to Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1936, we see men proudly standing outside their bustling post office. This image reflects how these establishments served as community hubs for communication and connection. Venturing further south to Marshall, Texas in 1937 brings us face-to-face with an iconic horse-drawn mail wagon—a symbol of reliability and perseverance even during challenging times. The Christmas season comes alive inside Chicago's post office in 1929 as postal workers diligently process packages destined for loved ones across the country. Their dedication ensures holiday cheer reaches every doorstep. Witnessing workers load U. S Air Mail planes in Cleveland, Ohio during 1927 showcases how technology revolutionized mail transportation—speeding up deliveries like never before. San Francisco holds its own unique stories within postal service history—the Post Office at Pike and Clay Streets has witnessed countless letters passing through its doors since it first opened. Following San Francisco's devastating earthquake is an image that speaks volumes—an improvised tent serving as a temporary post office demonstrates resilience amid chaos—a testament to humanity's unwavering spirit. Even Santa Claus himself recognizes the importance of timely mailing. In 1921, his truck adorned with festive decorations encourages early mailing during the Christmas season, ensuring gifts arrive on time.