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DISCLAIMER: This directory does not represent all of the photos that contain postal elements in the FSA’s Photography collection housed at the Library of Congress. This is simply a majority of the photos brought up by the searching of keywords noted in the “Project Goals and Methods” page. Sometimes photos were not recorded because they closely resembled other photos already recorded or because the postal elements pictured were not deemed relevant enough to record. We encourage the reader to follow links to pictures that interest them and click on related pictures on the Library of Congress website.

 

NICKNAME DESCRIPTION/SIGNIFICANCE PHOTOGRAPHER STATE YEAR KEY WORD URL

Official Table of Consumer Point Values (Deli)

Point coupons and stamps were used as a way of rationing food during WWII. These point values were hung in ever shop in order to allow citizens to see how they could spend their rations.1

Palmer, Alfred T.

Unknown

1943-03
(March)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b08179/?co=fsa

Postal Workers Sort Mail Onboard a Mail Car

Postal workers sorting mail on board a Railway Post Office train car.

Rothstein, Arthur

Unknown

1938

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b14704/

A Nurse Reads a Letter from Home

A nurse in training receives mail from home and reads it.

Henle, Fritz

Unknown

1942-11
(November)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b07792/?co=fsa

A Woman Reads a Letter from her Son in Camp

War worker Mrs. Eva Smuda reads a letter from her son who is away at camp.

Liberman, Howard

Unknown

1942-03
(March)

letter

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b02437/?co=fsa

A Red Cross Worker Writes a Letter for a Patient

A Red Cross worker sits with a patient as he dictates a letter.

Unknown

Unknown

1942

letter

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8e02280/?co=fsa

Power Plant Workers Waiting at the Childersburg, AL Post Office

Workers from a local powder plant wait outside the Childersburg, AL post office for mail to be delivered.

Delano, Jack

Alabama

1941-05
(May)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/item/fsa1998008147/PP/resource/

The Store and Post Office in Sprott, AL

This store/post office combo is known as a “crossroads store” where travelers and residents alike could fill up on gas, purchase items, and send their mail.

Evans, Walker

Alabama

1935-1936

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c52426/

Postmaster of Concho, AZ

The postmaster of Concho, Arizona cancelling stamps.

Lee, Russell

Arizona

1940-10
(October)

postmaster, mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b26463/?co=fsa

African American U.S. Coast Guard Instructor (Former Postal Clerk)

Benjamin Jones, a former postal clerk, is pictured here in his Coast Guard Uniform at the Manhattan Beach Coast Guard training station in California.

Smith, Roger

California

1943-01
(January)

postal

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b05455/?co=fsa

An Air Force Pilot Reads a Letter from Home, Lake Muroc, CA

One of the enlisted pilots known as the “Flying Sergeants”6 reads a letter from home in Lake Muroc, California.

Lee, Russell

California

1942-05
(May)

letter

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d04677/?co=fsa

Johnny’s Hotel and Post Office, Montezuma, CO

This particular post office is combined with a hotel in a “ghost mining town” that is now starting to thrive again.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Colorado

1941-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c31636/

Post Office in the Middle of a Blizzard in Aspen, CO

A snowy snapshot of the post office housed in Aspen CO.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Colorado

1941-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c16234/

The Inside of the Ouray Post Office, CO

Here the inside of the Ouray, CO post office with its two windows and clock display.

Lee, Russell

Colorado

1940-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a29496/

Bantam, CT Post Office

This post office doubles as a sort of town hall for the “town burgesses” to meet. Postmaster is Edward M. Doyle who has held his position for eight years prior to this picture. Volume of the post office and the buying of defense bonds has risen in Bantam over this time period.

Hollem, Howard R.

Connecticut

1942-01
(January)

post office, postmaster

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b01650/?co=fsa

Town Officials Meet in Room Above Post Office, Bantam, CT

Each month, these elected government officials of Bantam meet to discuss town issues above the post office.

Hollem, Howard R.

Connecticut

1942-01
(January)

Post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8e10834/

Waiter Dawdles in Post Office before Returning to Work, Bantam CT

Paul Bertaccini waits tables at the restaurant above the post office and is seen here reading magazines before going to work.

Hollem, Howard R.

Connecticut

1942-01
(January)

Post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b01652/

The Defense Window of the Southington, CT Post Office

The defense window of the Southington, CT Post Office is seen here plastered with arrows encouraging citizens to buy defense stamps. This is a reminder of how important post offices were in publicizing the defense goals of the country.

Jacobs, Fenno

Connecticut

1942-05
(May)

Post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d34959/

Town Mural in the Main Lobby of the Southington, CT Post Office

This mural “depicting the industry and landmarks of the town” was painted by Ann Hunt Spencer. The post office of any town can also be used as a place to remember the towns’ history and roots.

Jacobs, Fenno

Connecticut

1942-05
(May)

Post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d35156/

Montville, CT Post Office

Pedestrians walk by the post office in Montville, CT.

Delano, Jack

Connecticut

1940-11
(November)

Post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a34858/

Mail Carrier in Ledyard, CT Delivers Mail

A local mail carrier delivers mail to residents  at a crossroads in Ledyard, CT.

Delano, Jack

Connecticut

1940-11
(November)

mail, mail carrier

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a34756/?co=fsa

Woman Reads Letter from Son in the Military, Hartford, CT

A Polish farmer’s wife in her living room and reads a letter from her son to two other family members in Hartford, Connecticut.

Collier, John

Connecticut

1942-08
(August)

letter

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c27757/?co=fsa

The View of Dover, DE City Hall from the Post Office

This picture showcases the importance of a post office to a larger city like Dover, DE. It is situated right across the main center of town from city hall, the main governing building in the city.

Vachon, John

Delaware

1938-07
(July)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b29385/

A Mural in the Dover, DE Post Office

This mural presumably details some of the history of Dover, DE. 

Vachon, John

Delaware

1938-07
(July)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b29398/?co=fsa

Residents of Dover, DE Stand Near the Post Office Mural

African-American residents of the city stand in front of the Dover post office mural.

Vachon, John

Delaware

1938-07
(July)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b29403/

Migratory Workers Sitting outside Post Office in Belle Grande, FL

These migratory packinghouse workers are sitting outside the post office because it is currently the so called “slack season” and there is no work to be had for them. This post office was most likely in the center of town and this was probably one of the only communal places for them all to sit and chat.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Florida

1939-02
(February)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a40521/?co=fsa

Post Office in Miami, FL

Here it is plain to see that the larger the town or city, the more elaborate and large the post office. This office has to handle all of the mail Miami sends and receives. It’s a far cry from some of the small town post offices shown in the FSA collection.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Florida

1939-02
(February)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c30063/

Post Office Neighboring City Hall in Belle Glade, FL

Here it can be seen how the importance of the post office affected its placement right next to the city hall, arguably the most important building to the community.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Florida

1940-06
(June)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c09695/

Workers Load Mail Onto a Rail Car at the L&N Rail Station, FL

Workers load bags of mail onto a rail car for further distribution at the L&N Rail Station in North Florida.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Florida

1943-02
(February)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c30449/?co=fsa

Woman Hands Out Mail at Bethune-Cookman College, FL

National Youth Administration and Bethune-Cookman College students receive mail from Mrs. Shaw.

Parks, Gordon

Florida

1943-02
(February)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d25528/?co=fsa

Girl Reading Mail From Her Boyfriend, Daytona Beach, FL

This young woman is reading a letter she has just received from her boyfriend in the Army.

Parks, Gordon

Florida

1943-02
(February)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d13810/?co=fsa

Men Waiting for the Mail at the Hinesville, GA

Men wait outside the Hinesville, GA post office for the daily mail delivery. The men on the left look to be from some part of the military judging by their uniforms.

Delano, Jack

Georgia

1941-04
(April)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a35255/

Men Talk Outside the Franklin, GA Post Office

Two men are relaxing outside the post office on a Saturday afternoon in Franklin, GA

Delano, Jack

Georgia

1941-04
(April)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a35330/

Abandoned Post Office in Irwinville, GA

The post office in the formerly inhabited town of Irwinville, GA.

Rothstein, Arthur

Georgia

1935-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b26714/?co=fsa

Rural Mailbox in GA

A woman and her child look inside a rural mailbox located 39 miles from Valdosta, GA.

Lange, Dorothea

Georgia

1937-07
(July)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b32240/

Barrel Mailbox in Canyon County, ID

A ranch mailbox made out of a spare barrel on the side of the road in Canyon County, ID.

Lee, Russell

Idaho

1941-05
(May)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c01216/?co=fsa

A Mail Unloader in Chicago’s Union Station

“A mail-unloader in operation at Union Station. It extends a moving belt into the car onto which the mail bags are dumped, carried out of the car over to these open trap doors in the railroad platform. Under the trap doors is another conveyor belt running the length of the platform which carries the bags to the post office.” (According to the Library of Congress description)

Delano, Jack

Illinois

1943-02
(February)

post office, mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d13056/

Train Pulling out of Union Station, Chicago with the United States Post Office in the Background

A double-header train from Pennsylvania pulls out of Chicago’s Union Station with the legendary Chicago post office in the background. Mail was unloaded at Union Station and brought across the street to the city’s post office to be sorted.

Delano, Jack

Illinois

1943-01
(January)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d24822/

Workmen Stand Outside Post Office in Shawneetown, IL

Three workmen seem to be waiting outside the Shawneetown, IL post office.

Lee, Russell

Illinois

1937-04
(April)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b38538/

A Man Loads Bags of Mail onto Cars at Union Station in Chicago, IL

A worker loads sacks full of mail onto rail cars at Union Station in Chicago Illinois. According to the original title of this picture, the largest volume of mail in Chicago passes through this station.

Delano, Jack

Illinois

1943-02
(February)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d13054/?co=fsa

Women Work to Sort Mail at Union Station in Chicago, IL

Women are employed at Union Station in Chicago in the mail department to help with the sorting of parcels.

Delano, Jack

Illinois

1943-02
(February)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d13139/?co=fsa

The Post Office in Martin County, IN

This is a smaller (and slightly more desolate) post office serving Martin County, Indiana.

Rothstein, Arthur

Indiana

1938-05
(May)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a09596/

Post Office and Public Library in Decatur, IN

The main part of the town of Decatur, IN with the post office and library making up a large part of the town buildings.

N/A

Indiana

1935-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/item/fsa1998017431/PP/resource/

A Railroad Mail Clerk and A Signal Maintainer Have Dinner in Gibson, IN

Charles Cornetta, railroad mail clerk and Lester Gale, signal maintainer eat dinner together at the railroad YMCA in Gibson, Indiana.

Delano, Jack

Indiana

1943-01
(January)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d11993/?co=fsa

The Main Post Office in Dubuque, IA

The large main post office building in Dubuque, Iowa.

Vachon, John

Iowa

1940-04
(April)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a05499/

Bulletin Board in Ames, IA Post Office

This bulletin board in the Ames, IA Post Office showcases many “Wanted” men in the general area. Since the post office got a high volume of visitors from the town, this was probably the best place to put such notices.

Lee, Russell

Iowa

1936-11
(November)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b29950/

Former Postmaster in Shaw, KS

Pictured is the former postmaster/station agent/storekeeper in Shaw, Kansas.

Vachon, John

Kansas

1940-11
(November)

postmaster

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c18265/?co=fsa

Rural Postman Delivers Mail near Jackson, KY

A rural postman has to deliver mail by horseback to one mountaineer living near Jackson, Kentucky because the terrain would not allow cars or wagons to pass though.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Kentucky

1940-08
(August)

postman

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c13581/?co=fsa

Rural Mailman Leaving the Post Office in Landsaw, KY

At this point in time there were cars available to deliver mail but on some areas people lived along roads that were too narrow or precarious for people to drive on. With advent of the mail delivery system in rural areas, some postmen had to ride horses or walk in order to deliver mail to their patrons.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Kentucky

1940-08
(August)

post office, postman

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c13644/

Farmers Gathering on the Porch of the Linwood, KY Post Office

Kentucky farmers gather in front of the post office to share news and talk. This is an important function of post offices that has nothing to do with mail. They were used by some as a general meeting place where all could just sit and talk before returning to errands.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Kentucky

1940-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/item/fsa2000036053/PP/resource/

Post Office in Botto, KY

This small post office is an example that a post office was only as big as its clientele.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Kentucky

1940-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c13688/

S.H. Castle in his Post Office and Store in Barbourville, KY

Here we see a store owner/postmaster in a combined general store and post office. The message board was a key part of any post office, as shown in this picture.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Kentucky

1940-11
(November)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c14166/

Post Office in Smithland, KY

The town post office in Smithland, KY.

Shahn, Ben

Kentucky

1935-10
(October)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a16415/

Rural Mailmen Exchange Mail near Morehead, KY

A rural mailman gives his mail to another mailman on horseback so the mail can be delivered to the residences along creek beds and down narrow roads wagons cannot travel down. Near the mountains in Morehead, KY.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Kentucky

1940-07
(July)

mail, mail carrier, postman

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c13292/?co=fsa

Post Office in Mix, LA

This small post office in Mix, LA resembles more of a shack than an actual building but from its insides it looks to be of use to the towns inhabitants.

Lee, Russell

Louisiana

1938-11
(November)

post office, mail box

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a24250/

Store and Post Office in Minerva, LA

General store and post office near former sugar plantations in Minerva, LA.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Louisiana

1940-06
(June)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c14912/?co=fsa

Post Office in Paulina, LA

Another small Louisiana post office that is probably only this small because the amount of mail it handles is very low.

Lee, Russell

Louisiana

1938-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a24405/  

The Posters in the Combined General Store and Post Office in Olga, LA

These posters show the many advertisements and reminders (both federal and local) that plastered the Olga post office. This is another example of how important post offices were as advertisement platforms to the public.

Lee, Russell

Louisiana

1938-09
(September)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a24511/

Men Sit and Chat Outside the Lafayette, LA Post Office

Six men from Lafayette, LA sit outside the post office

Lee, Russell

Louisiana

1938-10
(October)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a24583/

Two African-American Men Outside of the Lafayette, LA Post Office

Here we see two African-American residents of Lafayette standing separate from a group of white men (See “Men Sit and Chat Outside the Lafayette, LA Post Office”) from the town. It is plain to see the racial differences and tensions that existed between the two groups as both stay outside the town post office.

Lee, Russell

Louisiana

1938-10
(October)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a24584/?co=fsa

Man Standing in the Entrance of the Post Office and General Store of Jarreau, LA

Pictured is a man who probably works at the store or is a resident of Jarreau, in the doorway of the combined general store and post office. Lining the doorway we see different common ads at the time.

Lee, Russell

Louisiana

1938-11
(November)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a24789/

Snowy Mailboxes Along a Road in Montgomery County, MD

A row of mailboxes along a snowy rural road in Montgomery County, MD.

Rothstein, Arthur

Maryland

1940-01
(January)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b19326/?co=fsa

A Defense Worker Reads a Letter from Home, Aberdeen, MD

A defense worker who is housed at one of the Farm Security Administrations dormitories in Aberdeen, Maryland, reads a letter from home.

Vachon, John

Maryland

1941-12
(December)

letter

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c20605/?co=fsa

Migrant Fruit Worker Passing Post Office in Benton Harbour, MI

This migrant fruit worker is passing the Benton Harbour MI post office with a sign encouraging men to join the U.S. Navy in front of it. This picture goes to show again the power post offices had within their communities especially when it came to advertising support for wars and or federal government policies.

Vachon, John

Maryland

1940-07
(July)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a06449/

A Passerby Observes an Enlistment Sign Outside the Post Office in Benton Harbour, MI

A man observes a sign outside the post office that encourages men to enlist in the army and help with the war effort.

Vachon, John

Michigan

1940-07
(July)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a06452/

Man Looks for Mail in Rural Free Delivery Mailbox, MI

Karl Axel Westerberg looks for main in the rural free delivery mail boxes near Pontiac, Michigan.

Rothstein, Arthur

Michigan

1942-09
(September)

mail, RFD

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d07982/?co=fsa

Girls Receive Mail at a Musicians Camp in Interlochen, MI

Female students at a national music camp in Michigan receive mail from home in their shared cabin.

Siegel, Arthur S.

Michigan

1942-08
(August)

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d07630/?co=fsa

Girl Picks Up Mail in Detroit, MI

A girl picks up mail that had been slipped under her door in Detroit, MI.

Siegel, Arthur S.

Michigan

1941

mail

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d25018/?co=fsa

The Postmaster of Benson, MN

The postmaster of Benson, Minnesota sits and smokes a cigar in his office.

Vachon, John

Minnesota

1939-09
(September)

postmaster

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a05279/?co=fsa

Storekeeper and Postmaster of Funkley, MN

The storekeeper/postmaster/depot agent, J.A. Fisher, of Funkley, Minnesota standing next to a stove of his own design.

Lee, Russell

Minnesota

1937-08
(August)

postmaster

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b36835/?co=fsa

A Postmaster Selling Defense Bonds in MN

A Swedish postmaster sits at the defense window of his post office where he sells war bonds to farmers in Minnesota.

Delano, Jack

Minnesota

1942-04
(April)

postmaster

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d03391/?co=fsa

The Winton, MN Post Office

The rather small post office in the town of Winton, MN.

Lee, Russell

Minnesota

1937-08
(August)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a22024/

Plantation Store and Post Office, Perthshire, MS

These combination plantation stores and post offices showed once again how intertwined the postal service was in serving the community. These plantation stores were for tenant formers and share croppers that worked the formerly slave-run plantations.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Mississippi

1939-10
(October)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a40970/

Owner of  the Marcella Plantation Talks with a Tenant, Mileston, MS

The importance of the plantation store combined with the post office made this spot a prime one for meeting.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Mississippi

1939-10
(October)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a41135/  

Post Office and Delta and Pine Co. Plantation Offices, Scott, MS

An example of how two important offices are combined into one building, a common occurrence. This was the post office for the surrounding plantation and it was housed in the same building as the plantation offices.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Mississippi

1939-10
(October)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a41143/?co=fsa  

Post Office in Ellisville, MS

Ellisville, MS town post office housed in a square brick building. 

Wolcott, Marion Post

Mississippi

1939

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c10377/

Man Inside Mileston Post Office Within the Plantation Store, Mileston, MS

In this picture the outlaw WANTED posters among other advertisements and announcements can be seen pasted on the post office window. The post office is a constant source of up-to-date news and a great place to post announcements because nearly every person within that town or area will need to go to the post office at some point and see the posting.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Mississippi

1939-11
(November)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c10984/

Open Mailbox on the Side of the Road

An rural mailbox rests on the end of a piece of wood sticking out over a ditch so mail carriers can avoid the slight ditch under it.

Rothstein, Arthur

Mississippi

1935-08
(August)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b26735/?co=fsa

Mailbox Supported by a Wooden Wheel and Post in Rural MS

A rural mailbox sits on the side of the road on a wagon wheel stand in Mississippi.

Lange, Dorothea

Mississippi

1937-06
(June)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b32138/?co=fsa

Post Office and General Store in Stone Hill, MO

This combination general store and post office was built when the timber industry was flourishing in Stone Hill, MO.

Mydans, Carl

Missouri

1936-05
(May)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b28692/

Mailboxes for Squatters in St. Louis, MO

Mailboxes along the river in St. Louis, MO that were put there for the many squatters living along the river. This shows the creativity of individuals to receive mail even if they did not have homes.

Rothstein, Arthur

Missouri

1939-01
(January)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c30679/?co=fsa

Child Plays Near Mailbox in MO

A small child plays with a toy near a slightly decrepit mailbox on a farm in Southeast Missouri.

Lee, Russell

Missouri

1938-05
(May)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a23164/?co=fsa

Two Children Getting Mail from an RFD Box

Two children from the Ozark region of Missouri get mail from a rural free delivery box.

Vachon, John

Missouri

1940-05
(May)

mail, RFD

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c30886/?co=fsa

Post Office Next To Other Shops in Homestead MT

The center of the town of Homestead, MT comprised of a store, barbershop and post office.

Wolcott, Marion Post

Montana

1941-08
(August)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8c15328/

Mailbox at Quarter Circle U Ranch in MT

A rancher’s wife approaches the mailbox at Quarter Circle U Ranch in Montana.

Rothstein, Arthur

Montana

1939-06
(June)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b17849/?co=fsa

Men Sitting in Front of South Omaha, NE Post Office

These men, probably farmers judging by how they are dressed, are talking outside the town post office.

Vachon, John

Nebraska

1938-11
(November)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a03866/

Post Office in Omaha, NE

The main post office in Omaha, NE

Vachon, John

Nebraska

1938-11
(November)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b14243/

Household Mailbox in Omaha, NE

A mailbox attached to a house with a newspaper tucked into the paper slot below, in Omaha, NE.

Vachon, John

Nebraska

1938-11
(November)

mailbox

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a03886/?co=fsa

Morning Post Delivery in Omaha, NE

A postal worker delivers the morning mail in Omaha, Nebraska.

Vachon, John

Nebraska

1938-11
(November)

mail, mail carrier

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Postmaster in the Mount Whittier, NH Train Station

The postmaster of Mount Whittier, NH waits for a train to arrive in the local train station.

Wolcott, Marion Post

New Hampshire

1940-03
(March)

postmaster

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General Store and Post Office, Sandwich, NH

Yet another example of post offices of smaller towns being combined with their general store.

Wolcott, Marion Post

New Hampshire

1940-11
(November)

post office

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Snowed-In Post Office near Randolph, NH

This picture of a snowed-in post office with a man who may be carrying a sack of mail on his back highlights the resiliency of the postal service and its workers in the face of inclement weather.

Wolcott, Marion Post

New Hampshire

1940-03
(March)

post office

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Town Post Office in Bivalve, NJ

The local post office and telegraph office in the town of Bivalve, New Jersey.

Rothstein, Arthur

New Jersey

1938-10
(October)

post office

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Postmaster With Mail Sacks, Pie Town, NM

The postmaster of Pie Town, New Mexico brings in mail sacks to the post office.

Lee, Russell

New Mexico

1940-06
(June)

postmaster

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Post Office within the Trampas, NM General Store

The post office window in the Trampas, New Mexico general store. This window served not only as a place to buy stamps and send mail, but also as a general town advertisement space. There are several wanted posters above the postmaster’s window.

Collier, John

New Mexico

1943-01
(January)

post office

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The Bulletin Board of the Questa, NM Post Office

The bulletin board in the Questa, New Mexico post office. This picture again shows the importance of post office bulletin boards when showing local town, or more national, news. War bonds during this time were sold through post offices and the Federal Government depended on postmasters to push for the sale of them to the general public.

Collier, John

New Mexico

1943-01
(January)

post office

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The Post Office and the Federal Building of Albuquerque, NM

The post office and the federal building in the heart of the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Collier, John

New Mexico

1943-02
(February)

post office

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Advirtisement for a Baby Clinic in Taos, NM

This sign on the post office window of Taos, NM is letting local Spanish speaking residents know that a doctor will be in the town court house to check on their children if need be.

Lee, Russell

New Mexico

1940-07
(July)

post office

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Post Office in Las Cruces, NM

A mule-pulled covered wagon is seen in front of the Las Cruces post office in New Mexico.

Rothstein, Arthur

New Mexico

1936-04
(April)

post office

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A Row of Mailboxes in Carton County, NM

Slightly forlorn looking mailboxes in Carton County, NM.

Lee, Russell

New Mexico

1940-04
(April)

mailbox

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A Mayor and His Wife Pour Over a Mail-Order Catalog, NM

Juan Lopez (mayor of the remote town of Trampas, NM) and his wife read a mail order catalog. Especially in remote locations in New Mexico, mail ordering was one of the only ways people could obtain certain goods.

Collier, John

New Mexico

1943-01
(January)

mail

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A Family Reads a Letter Stating the Results of the State Stock Show, Cordovas, NM

Blas Chavez (along with his wife and child), reads a letter from the state stock show saying he has won second prize for best ram. They live in Cordovas, NM.

Collier, John

New Mexico

1943-02
(February)

letter

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Red Cross Cars Parked outside the Oswego, NY Post Office During a Blood Drive

These Red Cross vans had come from Syracuse, NY and were in Oswego to take the blood donations of over 1000 town residents. They took donations from ten people every fifteen minutes during this drive. The post office was probably the largest and most central location for all town residents, which makes it the best place for the drive to occur.

Collins, Marjory

New York

1943-06
(June)

post office

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Men Outside the Lower East Side of New York City, NY Post Office

Men wait outside the post office in the Lower East side of New York City. Above them is a sign advertising the World War Two veteran’s bonus offered to all former servicemen. Forms could be filled out for this bonus inside the post office, highlighting the importance of post offices in terms of federal and state policies. 

Lange, Dorothea

New York

1936-06
(June)

post office

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Refugee Woman Reads Letter from Husband, New York, NY

A German refugee woman reads a letter from her husband who is in the Royal Air Force. Her son attends a school for refugee children in New York.

Collins, Marjory

New York

1942-10
(October)

letter

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Husband and Wife Read Letter from Son Deployed in Africa, New York, NY

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fazio sit in their New York, NY home and read a letter from one of their sons who is deployed in Africa.

Collins, Marjory

New York

1943-01
(January)

letter

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Post Office within the General Store/Filling Station in Bynum, NC

The post office in Bynum NC, is simply an add-on to the already full general store and gas filling station. This road side set up seems to be the quintessential one stop shop for any basic townspersons needs.

Wolcott, Marion Post

North Carolina

1939-09
(September)

post office

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Post Office in McLeansville, NC

The very small post office in the town of McLeansville, NC.

Vachon, John

North Carolina

1938-04
(April)

post office

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Pig Advertisement on a Highway in Wake County, NC

A crude sign attached to mailboxes along the highway heading to Wendell, Wake County, North Carolina reads, “4 Pigs for Sail Good Stock”.

Wolcott, Marion Post

North Carolina

1939-11
(November)

mailbox

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A Man Sits Outside the Somerset, OH Post Office

The front window of the Somerset, OH post office along with the official town mail box. A man is seated on the curb in front of the window.

Shahn, Ben

Ohio

1938

post office, mail box

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People Sit on the Steps of the Cincinnati, OH Post Office

These town citizens are sitting on the front of the large post office building, watching a parade go by. This highlights the central location a post office generally holds within a community.

Vachon, John

Ohio

1938-10
(October)

post office

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The Post Office in Plain City, OH

A man walks into the Plain City, OH post office while a younger postal worker is seen through the window.

Shahn, Ben

Ohio

1938-08
(August)

post office

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Novelty Mailbox in Central OH

An Uncle Sam styled mailbox belonging to a “C.C. Cole” at the side of the road on a farm in central Ohio.

Shahn, Ben

Ohio

1938

mailbox

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A Group of Mail Boxes in Central OH

A post holds nine different mailboxes belonging to residents at an unknown location in central Ohio.

Shahn, Ben

Ohio

1938-09
(September)

mailbox

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Postman Waiting for Streetcar in Oklahoma City, OK

An Oklahoma City postman is weighed down by mail as he waits for a streetcar in the Oklahoma City street car terminal.

Lee, Russell

Oklahoma

1939-07
(July)

postman

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A Local Church’s Display in the Post Office Spiro, OK.

This display, encouraging post office patrons to attend church shows the discretion that local postmasters had about what was displayed or promoted in their post offices.

Lee, Russell

Oklahoma

1939-06
(June)

post office

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Oil Field Worker Reads Letter, Seminole, OK

An oil field worker reclines in his trailer home while reading a letter in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Lee, Russell

Oklahoma

1939-08
(August)

letter

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Packages at the Post Office in Hermiston OR

A woman reaches for a package on the parcel shelves of the Hermiston Oregon post office.

Lee, Russell

Oregon

1941-09
(September)

post office, postal, mail

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General Delivery Window at Hermiston, OR

The crowded line of people waiting for their mail. In a year the number of people who used the post office for general delivery services jumped from 800 to 5,000.

Lee, Russell

Oregon

1941-09
(September)

post office, mailbox

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Man Carrying Packages in Hermiston, OR

A postal worker walks out of the Hermiston, OR post office carrying a multitude of packages.

Lee, Russell

Oregon

1941-09
(September)

post office, mail, packages

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Farmer and His Wife Write in front of the Ontario, OR Post Office

A farmer and his wife sit and write a letter on the steps of their post office in Ontario, OR.

Lee, Russell

Oregon

1941-06
(June)

post office, mail, letter

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Mail Room in Hermiston, Oregon

Post office employee sorting mail. Description tells of how the post office employed 3 people when the defense boom started but now employs 16 employees.

Lee, Russell

Oregon

1941-09
(September)

post office, mail

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Mailboxes of New Settlers in Nyssa Heights, OR

A row of mailboxes for the new settlers of Nyssa Heights in Malheur County, OR.

Lange, Dorothea

Oregon

1939-10
(October)

mailbox

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A Postal Worker in the Hermiston, OR Post Office

A postal worker going through mail in the Hermiston, OR post office. According to the title of the picture, patrons of this post office grew from 800 to 12,000 after the defense boom.

Lee, Russell

Oregon

1941-09
(September)

mail

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Postmaster Selling a War Bond, Lititz, PA

Postmaster Pautz sells a war bond to a resident of Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Collins, Marjory

Pennsylvania

1942-11
(November)

postmaster

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Postmaster of Lititz, PA

Postmaster Pautz talks with two men in the lobby of the town post office. Due to the number of his children in the service, he put up many posters highlighting joining the U.S. Armed Services. Also encouraged the buying of war bonds, which happened at post offices. Shows how important the post office was for public announcements and war support during WWII.

Collins, Marjory

Pennsylvania

1942-11
(November)

post office, postmaster

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Potential Homesteaders Waiting Outside the Post Office in Westmoreland County, PA

Homesteaders wait outside the Pennsylvania post office. These people were probably part of FDR’s Community Homesteading program, a part of the New Deal that helped relocate poor farmers to new plots of land in such places as West Virginia and Alabama, among others.4

Shahn, Ben

Pennsylvania

1935-10
(October)

post office

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Outgoing Mail of a Seed Dealer is Weighed by Two Staffers in Philadelphia, PA

Two workers weigh the outgoing mail from seed company W. Atlee Burpee before it is given to the post office for shipment.

Siegel, Arthur S.

Pennsylvania

1943-04
(April)

mail

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The Mailing Department at a Seed Dealer Co. in Philadelphia, PA

Two women are seen staffing the mailing room of seed company W. Atlee Burpee. The envelopes pictured are to be sealed, stamped and sent off by the staff. This picture demonstrates some the many different things that were sent through the mail. 

Siegel, Arthur S.

Pennsylvania

1943-04
(April)

mail

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A Woman Writes to Her Son in the U.S. Army

A woman named Viola Marvel writes a letter to her son in the army from her apartment in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Collins, Marjory

Pennsylvania

1942-11
(November)

letter

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A Family Reads a Letter from Son in the U.S. Army, Pittsburgh, PA

Miner Jo Patenesky and his family read a letter from Jo’s son who is currently serving the U.S. in the Army.

Collier, John

Pennsylvania

1942-11
(November)

letter

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Members of the Lititz Service Association in Lititz, PA Pack Boxes for Citizens Serving Overseas

Volunteers in the Lititz Service Association packing their boxes of goods to send to citizens in the service. This picture is an example of what was sent through the postal service during wartime from the United States overseas. 

Collins, Marjory

Pennsylvania

1942-11
(November)

collection box

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Post Office and General Store, Ashepoo, SC

The combined main source of goods and mail in Ashepoo, South Carolina.

Wolcott, Marion Post

South Carolina

1938-12
(December)

post office

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Two Servicemen Write Letters Home and Read Mail in Greenville SC

Two servicemen in the Air Force write letters and read mail from home in Greenville, South Carolina.

Delano, Jack

South Carolina

1943-07
(July)

letter

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The U.S. Post Office in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas’ Island, U.S. Virgin Islands

Citizens of Charlotte Amalie stand outside the post office. An example of the U.S. postal service existing in the general territories.

Delano, Jack

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

1941-12
(December)

post office

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Group of Administrative Buildings in Norris, TN

This group of administrative buildings including a post office, town management, food store, and more. These buildings were “conceived as a demonstration of acceptable design for facilities which normally tend to be ugly, disorganized, and neglected in the average small town.”

Unknown

Tennessee

1933-1945

post office

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Postmaster of Carey, Childress County, TX

Postmaster Mills of Carey, Childress County, Texas. 

Lange, Dorothea

Texas

1938-06
(June)

postmaster

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Women at the Defense Window of the San Augustine, TX Post Office

Post offices in this time period would have defense windows where people would buy war bonds in order to help with the war effort.

Vachon, John

Texas

1943 (April)

post office

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Sign In Front of Post Office in Taylor, TX

Pictured is an enlistment sign outside of the Taylor, TX post office, directing applicants to the second floor of the office. This shows the strength of the connection between the federal government and their call for more troops and the local post offices throughout the country. For many towns this was one of the only federal buildings, which is why enlistments occurred here.

Lee, Russell

Texas

1939-10
(October)

post office

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Man Leans on Mailbox, Crystal City, TX

A man leans on the local mail collection box to read a document in Crystal City, Texas.

Lee, Russell

Texas

1939-03
(March)

mailbox

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Mailbox in the Dust Bowl region North of Dalhart, TX

A very lonely looking mailbox stands in the Dust Bowl struck region in the Coldwater District in Texas.

Lange, Dorothea

Texas

1938-06
(June)

mailbox

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The Rationing Board of St. Augustine, TX

Members of the Rations Board of St. Augustine, TX including a former rural mail carrier named Mr. Long. These board were made up of volunteers from a region and would hear appeals cases from citizens trying to get more of a certain rationed item.5

Vachon, John

Texas

1943-04
(April)

mail, mail carrier

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Staffers in the Dallas Morning News’ Mailroom in Dallas, TX

Staffers in the mail room prepare copies of that day’s Dallas Morning News to be distributed throughout the region.

Vachon, John

Texas

1943-04
(April)

mail

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Girl Preparing Newspapers for Distribution in Beaumont, TX

A young staffer of the Beaumont Journal prepares bundles of newspapers for mailing out of the office in Beaumont, TX.

Vachon, John

Texas

1943-05
(May)

mail

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Mail Boxes in Bell County, TX

Some of the mail boxes belonging to farmers in Bell County, TX. Three of the mailboxes are not in use since tractor farming eliminated the need for more tenant farmers. 

Lange, Dorothea

Texas

1937-06
(June)

collection box, mail box

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Newsboy Selling War Stamps to a Woman in a Car

This picture illustrates how much war bonds and stamps were pushed during the WWII time period. They could be bought at one’s local post office and this reiterates the connection the post office has with the federal government, especially when it comes to contacting the public and any and all war efforts.

Rosener, Ann

Unknown

1942-02
(February)

post office

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Post Office in Widtsoe, UT

The post office in Widstoe, UT with its postmaster. This shows that women also worked in post offices, especially small town ones. 

Lange, Dorothea

Utah

1936-04
(April)

post office

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A Farmer Reads His Mail Outside the West Danville, VT Post Office

The farmer, Frank Gross, is seen outside the combined General Store and Post Office in West Danville, VT. He is reading a post card sent from a hired farm hand next year that says the hand is unable to work for Mr. Gross this year since he is in California with the Navy.

Henle, Fritz

Vermont

1942-07
(July)

post office, mail

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Two Boys Look at Air Raid Instructions in their General Store/Post Office West Dansville VT

Postmaster and general store owner Gilbert S. Hastings posted these air raid instructions in his post office for all to see. The two boys pictured are Maynard Clark and Guy Davenport. These air raids were practiced by all in order to prepare for a potential attack and it was encouraged that all citizens learn proper procedure.2

Henle, Fritz

Vermont

1942-07
(July)

post office

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Two Men Talk Outside of the Gilbert S. Hastings General Store and Post Office in West Danville, VT

Floyd Wheeler, the general store clerk, and W.D. Coolbeth sit and talk in the sunshine outside of the General Store and post office in West Danville, VT.

Henle, Fritz

Vermont

1942-07
(July)

post office

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Post Office Window in General Store in Lincoln, VT

A proprietor of the Lincoln, VT general store in the post office window, surrounded by the citizens’ mailboxes.

Rosskam, Louise

Vermont

1942-07
(July)

post office

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Pulley Mailbox near Woodstock, VT

A pulley mailbox was installed near Woodstock, Vermont for residents who lived across the creek.

Locke, Edwin

Vermont

1937-09
(September)

mail, mail box

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Boy Reaches for Mail in Kirby, VT

A young boy reaches for mail in the McNally farm mailbox in Kirby, Vermont.

Rothstein, Arthur

Vermont

1937-09
(September)

mail

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The Postmaster at Shenandoah National Park, VA

The postmaster stands against a fence at Old Rag in Virginia.

Rothstein, Arthur

Virginia

1935-10
(October)

postmaster

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Postmaster of Upper Zion, VA

The postmaster of upper Zion, Virginia. He will lose his job in the near future when the town is evacuated and moved due to the Army moving into the area.

Delano, Jack

Virginia

1941-06
(June)

postmaster

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Two Men sitting Outside the Nethers, VA Post Office

Two citizens sitting on the porch of the town post office with advertisements hanging above them.

Rothstein, Arthur

Virginia

1935-10
(October)

post office

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Post office and General Store in Shenandoah National Park, VA

Nether’s post office and general store located in Shenandoah National Park, VA.  Part of the U.S. Post Office system in the National Parks.

Rothstein, Arthur

Virginia

1935-10
(October)

post office

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Caroline Landowner Digs Up his Mailbox in Caroline County, VA

A man digs up his mailbox because his land in Caroline County, VA has been taken over by the U.S. army and he plans on bringing his mailbox with him when he moves.

Delano, Jack

Virginia

1941-06
(June)

mailbox

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Mail Call at Ft. Belvoir, VA

Soldiers during mail call at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Delano, Jack

Virginia

1942-09
(September)

mail

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A Woman Answers Mail at Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, VA

Idaho Hall at Arlington Farms in Virginia was a residence for women who took jobs with the U.S. Government during WWII. Here a woman reads and answers mail.

Bubley, Esther

Virginia

1943-06
(June)

mail

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Farm Laborer Picking Up Mail at an FSA Camp Post Office/Employment Center in Yakima, WA

This man is picking up his mail at the migratory camp post office in the Farm Security Administrations’ migratory labor camp in Yakima WA. The post office at this camp was also combined with the Washington State employment services office so “the state employment rep. could keep track of how much work residents were getting”. These camps sprang up throughout the United States during the Depression when many Midwestern farmers and their families affected by the Dust Bowl decided to try their luck moving.3

Lee, Russell

Washington

1941-09
(September)

post office, mail

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Post Office Sign in Ryderwood, WA

The post office for the lumber town of Ryderwood, WA.

Lee, Russell

Washington

1941-10
(October)

post office

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President Franklin Roosevelt, Postmaster General Walker, and T.V. Soong Talk Over Stamps

NOTE: Copied straight from Library of Congress.
“President Roosevelt and T.V. Soong, foreign minister of China, purchases from Postmaster General Walker some of the new five-cent stamps symbolizing freedom and democracy in both the United States and China. The stamp carries pictures of President Lincoln and Sun Yat-Sen, first president of China, and a Chinese inscription.”

Palmer, Alfred T.

Washington, D.C.

1942-07
(July)

postmaster

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Workers in Washington DC Unload Mail Delivered from Trains

A D.C. worker unloads bags of mail that have just arrived off of a Railway Post Office train car.

Rothstein, Arthur

Washington, D.C.

1938

mail

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Mail Sorters at the Main Washington, DC Post Office

Workers sort mail into bags the main Washington, DC post office.

Rothstein, Arthur

Washington, D.C.

1938

Post office, mail, letters

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Main Post Office in Washington DC

Many patrons wait at the postal windows in the lobby of Washington, DC’s post office. Now also housing the National Postal Museum, a post office in the building continues to serve the citizens of the nation’s capital.

Rothstein, Arthur

Washington, D.C.

1938-12
(December)

post office

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Christmas Time at the Washington DC Post Office

Postal workers handle the comically large Christmas-time mail load at the Washington, DC post office.

Rothstein, Arthur

Washington, D.C.

1938-12
(December)

post office

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Outside of the Washington DC Post Office

A shot of the outside of the post office in Washington, DC which is located across the street from Union Station. Both buildings were designed by architect Daniel Burnham.

Rothstein, Arthur

Washington, D.C.

1938-12
(December)

post office

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The Cancellation Machine at the Main Washington, DC Post Office

The large-scale postage cancellation machine used by the main Washington, DC post office.

Rothstein, Arthur

Washington, D.C.

1938

post office

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Office of War Information Staff Discusses a Letter, Washington DC

Ted Posten (left) discusses a letter from one of the many African- American news editors he corresponds with from Washington.

Palmer, Alfred T.

Washington, D.C.

1943-03
(March)

letter

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Post Office in Hernshaw, WV

The shack-like post office in Hernshaw, West Virginia.

Shahn, Ben

West Virginia

1935-10
(October)

post office

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Miners in Kempton, WV Post Office

Miners and their families wait for their mail in the post office in Kempton, WV.

Vachon, John

West Virginia

1939-05
(May)

post office

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b14305/

Two Delegates from the Letter Carriers Convention in Milwaukee, WI

Two letter carrier delegates take a break from the main convention to rest on a bench in Milwaukee, WI.

Vachon, John

Wisconsin

1939-09
(September)

letter, letter carrier

www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/item/fsa1997004320/PP/resource/

Parade Marchers at the Letter Carrier Convention in Milwaukee, WI

Participants walk in the Letter Carriers Convention parade in Milwaukee, WI.

Vachon, John

Wisconsin

1939-09
(September)

letter carrier

www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8a04376/?co=fsa


Top image: Mailboxes of New Settlers in Nyssa Heights, Oregon (Dorothea Lange 1939)