Postal Regulatory Commission Chair testifies to Senate on the closings

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The Postal Regulatory Commission is is an independent government agency charged with oversight of the Postal Service.  Ruth Y. Goldway is the chairman of the Commission, and she testified before the Senate yesterday (May 22, 2011).  A key part of her statement concerned the closings of post offices across the country.  She made two key points:  (1) the Postal Service … Read More

New Deal Post Office in Camas, WA: Going, going, gone

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The post office in downtown Camas, Washington, was built in 1939 under the New Deal, and it's been on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1991.  The Camas post office contains a mural, sponsored by the Section of Fine Arts, painted by Douglas Nicholson in 1941. Entitled "Beginning of a New World," it depicts Northwest settlers and a Native … Read More

Historic post office in Sheffield, AL: Rumors of closing

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The post office in Sheffield, Alabama, was built in 1930, and it's on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is rumored to be haunted by a former postal employee.  Sheffield is the birthplace of actor and senator Fred Thompson (born 1942), who, coincidentally, worked at a post office in Tennessee where he attended high school.  Sheffield is just a … Read More

New Deal post office in Somerville: For Sale

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The Union Square post office on Washington Street in Somerville, Massachusetts, was built in 1935, under the New Deal. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. As the Somerville Patch reports, the USPS is planning to move most of the Union Square operations to another location, sell the historic building, and lease back some space … Read More

Palm Beach Story

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In October of  2010, residents of Palm Beach, Florida, learned that their post office would be closing.  An historic structure built in 1936 by the New Deal, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Residents had a few weeks to protest, and protest they did, but to no avail—the post office is closing, probably sometime in June.  The … Read More