This is a much better approach.
Friday, October 31, 2008
This is a much better approach.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This Hugo, MN, scare crow is warding off trouble for 2 mail boxes - one up each leg!
I like the idea of a scarecrow. Got something troubling you? Something you're scared of? Make a happy, silly, stuffed straw creature to deal with it.
That way, with the scarecrow on guard, you can forget about it. Get on with your work, and bring in the harvest.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
But it's not, it's been brought back to life with a whole new job to do.
The owner uses it to drive through the neighborhood selling jellies, jams, and other fruit treats.
Now that's a sweet reinvention.
What else have you seen old postal jeeps used for?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Ramirez is of Southern Ute and Spanish descent. He coordinated the diverse installation program.
“I’m very grateful for the tremendous support my family, customers, friends and postal employees have given me over the years,” Ramirez said. “This special installation was for them as much as for me.”
Ramirez, third from left in photo, said he was honored with his new position. When I began as the first Postmaster General I considered it a great honor as well as a large responsibility. Being a Postmaster is a unique and honorable position, and a lot of hard work.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tripp, SD, Postmaster Tamara Rokusek announced the “Special Delivery” of her grandson Holdyn with this photo.
Now I doubt you could top this, but what is the best thing you ever received in the mail?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination.
The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.
What's something unusual that you think we should deliver?
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
In a night game at the ballpark, Postmaster Dave Chiavaras dressed up in this old-time baseball uniform, similar to the one on the "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" stamp, and threw out the first pitch.
The line-up included a special baseball postal station at the ball park that sold plenty of stamps and merchandise, besides offering a souvenir baseball postmark. They also held drawing and presented a beautiful framed picture of the stamp, autographed by the Voyager team, to a special fan.
What could be better? A fun enjoyable family night, good postal publicity, and raising revenue.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This photo was taken in 2005 at Ramadi, Iraq.
Have you ever had to sort mail in the dirt? Or deliver to people who have no address?
Yet these are some of the people who cherish receiving mail the most.
If you plan to send holiday packages to the troops please get them sent early. It not only means a lot for the those receiving them, but it can also make a big difference for those who work to get them delivered.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hopefully the mailbox won't become as extinct as the dinosaurs.
Some people want to open up the mail box to any carrier. And some think multiple units with several boxes clustered together are better. And some think there won't be any mail at all to put in a box!
What do you think? Is the day of individual boxes for each address, and located right in front of the home come and gone?
Would multiple carriers using the box make it less secure? Would you like your box to be used that way?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Part of observing is noticing your customers. Is there a competitor's truck often sitting at their house? Next time you see them ask if they'd like to find out if USPS can save them some money.
Part of observing is noticing your employees. Are they doing a good job? Next time you walk by stop and visit for a few minutes and tell them how much you appreciate their efforts.
Notice the fall colors. It takes a few more minutes, but it can really make a change in the whole day.
What did you notice today? Drop me a note:
Friday, October 10, 2008
Quality of Work Life intends to utilize the skills and creativity of its employees to solve everyday problems in the work place. Now, that sounds like a Ben Franklin idea!
What are some reasonable ways you can suggest to improve our work life? Click here to comment.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s nationally accepted rating system that measures the environmental attributes and sustainable features of buildings.
All LEED-certified buildings reduce water use by at least 37 percent, energy use by 30 percent and use 15 percent of recycled materials for construction. The idea for the Post Office Building began when Denver officials were searching for a place to build a new courthouse. Of all the sites they found, a spot occupied by the old Mile High Station was determined to be the best location. City officials promised to build a new, eco-friendly facility for the Postal Service in exchange for the postal property — an opportunity USPS welcomed.
“The project has benefited the city and the Postal Service,” Denver Postmaster Alan Catlin said. “It has proven to be an efficient, environmentally friendly building.”
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Time IS money. That's why everyone is in such a hurry.
I was wondering about time and the Postal Service. Almost everything we do is measured these days. How many steps we take. How many letters we deliver. How many miles we drive.
As a wily inventor, I'm wondering if there is something we aren't measuring yet? And maybe I could come up with a device to do it. Got any ideas? Tell Benny. Click here.
Don't wait -- time's a'wastin!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
"I ride a Harley and love it, and I’d like to see a motorcycle route with trikes – I might have to go back to carrying mail again!"
That's intriguing. If fuel costs continue to go up, why not have some specially outfitted motorcycles?
USPS just announced they are testing these three wheel vehicles that run on electricity.
Not exactly a Harley, but better than a Segway!
What do you think we should do about fuel and delivery? Click here to comment.
Friday, October 3, 2008
People call these cars "classics." That's the same term, among others, that they use for me -- Good Ole Classic Benny
To commemorate those classic cars, the Postal Service issued a “50’s Fins and Chrome” stamp today, highlighting five automobiles from that era. One of those featured vehicles on the stamps – a 1957 Chrysler 300C – is owned by George McKovich of Twin Falls, ID.
“I was ecstatic when I found out,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for my 300 to be shown to the world.”
McKovich is an avid stamp collector, and having his own vehicle on a stamp is “something special,” he said. “A hundred years from now kids will be putting this stamp in their books. This is a way to leave a legacy behind,” he said.
His car was chosen through a solicitation from the Chrysler 300 Club International. The stamp designer was looking for a car model that fit McKovich’s perfectly – “a red 1957 Chrysler 300C.”
McKovich has owned the car since 1999. The car then underwent an off- the- frame restoration a few years later. The car is considered a rarity. Chrysler only made 1,767 coupes that year, and just 180 were red. Of the original number, only 380 survive.
Now that the car is famous, is it for sale?
“No. It’s not leaving our hands,” he said emphatically. “There is too much blood, sweat and tears in it.”
The car also has conjures some significant memories.
“The first car I drove was my dad’s 57 Chrysler,” he said. “That’s the car I got my license in. So, this car is special.”
The stamps are part of the “America on the Move” series that has previously featured “50s Sporty Cars” last year.
Please, tell Benny what you think of these stamps. Click here.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
appointed me Postmaster of Philadelphia. In 1753 I was appointed Deputy Postmaster General to the colonies.
As part of the Second Continental Congress, I served on several committees, including one to establish an independent postal system. On July 26th, 1775, the Congress appointed me as the first Postmaster General for what would become the United States Postal Service.
I was responsible for all Post Offices -- from Massachusetts to Georgia -- and I had authority to hire as many Postmasters as I saw fit. I would mark postage-free letters with my unique personal signature: "B. Free Franklin"
I'm very proud of the United States Postal Service. It still serves the purpose we originally had in mind - to connect friends, families, neighbors and businesses all across the nation. An affordable means of communication among citizens is critical to a free nation.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
An clerk told us about a giant cabbage that come from Alaska to a resident of the local nursing home. Her son had sent it to her.
"He had put a haxagonal piece of plywood on top and bottom held together by a few wooden slats, so the cabbage was still clearly visible! Next to the address label on one of the end pieces of plywood he'd added a note: Coleslaw for everyone! "
And another person wrote about a coconut she sorted, "right off the tree from Hawaii. The sender had just used a black marker to write the address and the stamps were stuck right to it."
A Boulder, CO, clerk writes, "We have two brothers, one who lived in Boulder & one out of state. Year after year they send the same fruitcake to and from each other. Parcel workers were always on the lookout for the fruitcake brick!"
Got your own weird mail experience? Leave a note below by clicking on "comments."