Discovering Hidden Treasures at the National Postal Museum Library

While working at the National Postal Museum (NPM) Library, we often stumble upon treasures that are waiting to be discovered. We find them in boxes of donations, tucked away on a shelf, behind cabinets, and underneath metal file drawers, but sometimes they are hidden in plain sight.

U.S. Military Postal Service to the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918 – 1920

Mail service to any forces in combat zones was a challenge. This was no different for the Americans in Siberia. Letters to and from soldiers were censored, and addresses to Siberia were ambiguous to preserve secrecy in troop location and movement. Correspondence to soldiers would be addressed simply to “A.E.F. Siberia”.

National Postal Worker Day

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Inscription on Main Post Office, New York City, adapted from Herodotus. The United States Postal Service currently employs approximately 664,000 workers. The majority work as: Service Clerks—Sell stamps and postage, help people retrieve packages and assist with other services such as passports. Mail Sorters—Physically sort the mail to go to the correct place. As automation has become more prevalent, some of these workers now operate sorting machines. Mail Carriers—Deliver the mail. In densely populated areas this is done on foot, in urban areas the carriers often use a mail truck, and in rural areas carriers drive their own vehicles. Postal workers are represented by the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the American Postal Workers Union, a division of the AFL-CIO. Throughout its history, the United States Postal Service has employed women as postmasters. Starting with a single woman, Mary Katherine Goddard, at the birth of our country in more »

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