Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hooray for mail! :D

If you've read this blog for a while and have seen the posts on stamps, then it may not come as a surprise to you that I studied for (and passed!) the civil service exam.  It was my favorite test to study for, EVER.  All of those addresses!  All of those transposed numbers!  Workbooks!  Heaven.

No!  I'm not being sarcastic!  I love the post office!

And I love THIS!!  Isn't this booklet wonderful?  This Unit Study Book was published in 1934 and going through the book, that is indeed apparent.

There is notable obsolescence throughout the entire booklet - from the referral to mail carriers as "postmen", to packages tied with string, the absence of zip codes on any of the letter examples - oh, and a letter by air mail cost SIX cents.  :D

I'm not going to proselytize for long, but it makes me sad to see all of the problems that the USPS is currently having.  I love (and rely on) the Internet for so many things, but I wish it wouldn't have to be at the expense of the post office as we know it.  Here in the States we're probably going to lose our Saturday service (something I know Canadians and Australians and UKers lost a long time ago) and they're closing many of the smaller post offices around our country.  It's going to take twice as long to get our mail but honestly - if it HAS to be there at a certain time, wouldn't you use FedEx?

I also love post office-related artwork!  Here are a few pieces I've done honoring this time-honored institution:

"Save our Saturday Service" collage

"The Postman Always Rings Twice" pendant

"Letters, not Words" ATC

"Sorting it Out" ATC

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