U.S. Postal History

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by H. G. Golightly, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. H. G. Golightly

    H. G. Golightly Active Member

    During my active Flea Market Buying/Selling days I purchased several original Kodak boxes of exposed 4x5" Glass Negatives. They all depicted rural life in the early 20th Century. (Approx. 1895-1919)
    Having taught photography and being an active photographer I naturally printed & toned a majority of these negatives (via contact print) before selling the lot on eBay. The only glass negative I saved was this one showing early rural U.S. mail delivery.
    Hope some of you enjoy looking back at how it use to be.
    Regards,
    Harry originalcrop1.JPG
     
  2. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    Great photo! I used to live in the country during the 1940s. I was about the age of those two kids in your photo. The rural carriers didn't use horse-drawn buggies then, but we still watched to see him go by and if he stopped at our box it was my job to run out and get the mail. Mail was important then and having it delivered was a high point of the day.

    Don
     
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  3. H. G. Golightly

    H. G. Golightly Active Member

    Glad you enjoyed the old pic.
    I've noticed, that curiously, as we grow older the daily Mail Delivery becomes more important year after year..LOL!
    HGG
     
  4. Parsley

    Parsley New Member

    I would be very interested to know when postage stamps started to be used in the U.S. I have watched a couple of documentaries on the postal history of America and it is very interesting! I especially love how integral the post-master's/mistresses were in society. They seemed to have a good level of reputation and influence.
     
  5. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Postal_Service

    The U.S. Mail traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation, elevated to a cabinet-level department in 1872, and transformed in 1971 into the U.S. Postal Service as an agency of the U.S. government.

    The first US stamps were the Postmasters Provisionals issued 1845-07-14 with an image of George Washington.
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    Regards, James.
     
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