Friday, November 28, 2008
We might all benefit from a little “recreational listening” as the holidays draw near. Our conversations at work are dominated by the latest news about our business. Talk at home might not be any less stressful as we squeeze quick chats in between shopping trips, decorating, preparing for family gatherings, all added to the hustle of our regular lives.
Everyone has a story, so try to make some time for someone. Sit down with your child. Call your Mom, your Dad or that crazy uncle. Reach out to a co-worker during a break or look up one of those retirees you promised to stay in touch with but never seem to have the time for.
And then listen. You might be amazed at what you learn.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, has one on display.
No word on how successful they were, but we can guess since they didn't stick around long.
Maybe there's some kind of conversion or adaption USPS can use in other areas to help save some money.
Give us your best idea.
Monday, November 24, 2008
No, that's not me, Benny, but George Washington pictured on the front. It has grills that consist of small square pyramids in parallel rows, impressed or embossed on the stamp. The object of the process is to break the fibers of the paper so that the ink from the cancellation would soak into the paper and make washing for reuse impossible. There were several stamps that look similar to this but had different grill patterns. Only the "B" grill are so valued - there are only four known copies of it still in existance.
Issued in 1868, the 3 cent stamp recently sold for $1,035,000 at an auction to an anonymous buyer who bid over the telephone.
With a current book value of only $250,000 this was a good inflationary hedge for the previous owner!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Several community members contribute to this cause including postal employees, firefighters, city council, Lions Club members, and memers of Vietnam Veterans of America.
Everything from fishing poles to frisbees are sent so that service members can find what they need to enjoy a get away for a few hours at a nearby lake.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Museo Director Patty Ortiz commented that great stamp images emerge from great works of art. What do you think of commemorative stamps? What would you like to see depicted on one?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It even has a waitlist option for full Post Offices.
It's getting so I don't see any of my customers any more!
Monday, November 17, 2008
The mail is cleared every day. It makes sense. Every day is fresh and clean and new. No regrets. I think postal customers like it – and deep down, so do we.
What do you think about every piece, every day?
Friday, November 14, 2008
It's been a long time and the basic mail box still seems to suit America pretty well. People have often expressed themselves in a folk art way with their mail boxes.
Do you have any ideas for updating mail boxes?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The mail "man" might actually be female. The mail "box" has taken on all sorts of shapes. And the mail "truck" is now a van, SUV, bicycle, boat, even a donkey!
But icons live on. The mail is such a part of every one's life that they can all relate to it. There is such a basic understanding of the overall purpose and meaning of the service that the public gets it no matter what forms it takes.
A more accurate description of what we do might be, "A mail person arrives by some form of transportation and delivers to some form of dedicated receptacle."
Kind of dry, but the mission is still simple.
Can we continue? Can we fulfill my centuries old dream of a united postal delivery?
Weigh in here and let me know!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
There were more than 60,000 participants in the race and the USPS team won the "Spirit Trophy" for having the most organizational team participants." It was a record seventh time USPS has earned the award.
There have been 835,202,000 Breast Cancer stamps sold since July 1998, and 63.9 million dollars have been raised for research.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
*** UPDATE ***The Post Office Oak stump on the Santa Fe Trail in Council Grove, Kansas, a National Historic Landmark, was cut down on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at nine am, because it was rotten in the center and was in danger of falling. This is one of the most historic trees in Council Grove. The stump is 20 feet tall and 13 feet in diameter. The Post Office Oak, about 270 years old when it died in 1999, had a cache (hole) near the base where travelers going west or east on the Santa Fe Trail left messages for other travelers. This was a common practice for 20 years. The messages might be about water, dangers or opportunities.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
That's what it sometimes feels like with the Postal Service in general right now. We achieve record high service, but customer use drops off.
We cut costs to make gains, but then the price of gas goes sky high and wipes out the savings.
But there are 3 going forward and only 2 going back! We can keep moving forward. Even with setbacks, let's keep persevering and move the line forward.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Travelers going out west would leave messages about such things as water sources, and Plains Indians unrest, in a cavity at the foot of the tree.
The tree died in 1990, and was removed September 9th, 2008.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Lonerock is located at the bottom of the 1,000-foot-deep Lonerock Canyon, on the north slope of a spur of the Blue Mountains. The town is named for a huge boulder right next to the Lonerock Community Church. A very small, rural community actually served by a post office 25 miles away.
But this shows the urge that communities have to identify themselves, and a big part of that is their local post office.
Which makes me wonder, just what is a post office? Is it just another retail/service outlet like any other? Or do they still have a part of that original intent to "bind the nation together?" Is there something unique, special, and worth saving about My Post Office?
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This is an amazing video from a security camera. The carrier stops at a gas station, goes inside with the mail,and meanwhile his vehicle slips into reverse and loops around the gas station, out onto the highway, and back again. The carrier stops the vehicle just inches away from the gas pumps.
We were lucky this unmanned LLV didnt turn into an unmanned space flight from an explosion.
Think how many people could have been injured.
Stop the engine.
Set the park brake.
(NOTE: IF YOU ARE AT A USPS COMPUTER, THE EMBEDDED VIDEO MAY NOT WORK. CLICK HERE INSTEAD.)
Monday, November 3, 2008
The hard scrabble years of trying to farm in such remote places are being rejuvenated with new technology that makes them part of the solution to today's problems.
Are you struggling to keep up? Or embracing the new technology and it's promise of helping to solve problems?