Today marks the 224th birthday of the Postal Service Act in the U.S., a piece of legislation that in effect give birth to the United States Post Office Department, the predecessor to the US Postal Service, a government department which among other things, kept stamp collectors like me very happy.
How important was it? Many have likely forgotten that the Post Office Department remained a cabinet level department until 1971 when the Postal Reorganization Act turned it into an independent agency.
This is a photo of the post office at Cannon Beach, Oregon, population 1700, the westernmost U.S. post office I’ve ever seen and visited, and one of the westernmost on the continental U.S. Unfortunately it was closed that day so I couldn’t send myself a post card to record that personal milestone. Another time.
Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 778th straight, was taken in Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA, on 10 August 2013.