The Post Mark Collectors Club (PMCC), a nonprofit organization with a philatelic museum in northern Ohio, has amassed a physical collection of more than 55,000 post office photographs. Evan Kalish and other postal enthusiasts have spent the past three years digitizing much of the collection and presenting the photos in an online resource. As of the end of April the digital collection reached a milestone — 25,000 photographs.
The collection includes active post offices and former post office buildings, regular post offices as well as processing facilities and contract postal units, relatively recent photos plus over 600 photographs taken prior to 1950, most of which were digitized from the National Archives, where Evan spent much of one summer on a research grant. (Evan, by the way, is featured in the prologue to Devin Leonard’s new book, Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service.)
The PMCC Online Post Office Photo Collection can be found at postmarks.org/photos/ or on Flickr at flickr.com/photos/postoffices/collections/. You can get a preview with this slideshow of the Pennsylvania album. Read more on Going Postal.
(Photo credit: Ardmore, PA post office, by Evan Kalish)