Three Cheers for the Postal Union!


Edwardian English Quarter-Sawn Oak Stationery Stand (LEO Design)

The Universal Postal Union was formed in Switzerland in 1874.  It was the first step to create an international postal network—and provided the start of a global communications revolution, allowing the efficient and reliable delivery of letters and other mail around the globe.  On this day in 1969, the United Nations  declared 9 October "World Post Day," in commemoration of the founding of the Universal Postal Union.

America's Postal Service deserves a round of applause—and recognition for just how important it is to the lifeblood of The Nation.  Postal employees are working under extreme stress; their equipment is being disabled by partisan political appointees while destructive changes to processing practices are being imposed from the top.  The goal?   To slow the delivery of the US Mail and to decrease Americans' confidence in the ability of the Postal Service to safely and quickly deliver their mail.  Nevertheless, the hardworking patriots of the USPS continue to keep The Nation productive—as they have for decades—and their work is more important right now than it's ever been.  

Last Saturday, I received my blank mail-in ballot from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  I filled it out over the weekend and, on Monday afternoon, I mailed it at my local post office (where I dropped it into the interior slot in the lobby).  Tuesday morning—less than 22 hours later—the state sent me an e-mail, informing me that my ballot had been safely received at the Elections Office!  Thank you, USPS, for working so hard and so fast!

The Edwardian English Stationery Stand, shown above, is crafted of beautifully figured quarter-sawn oak.  You'll learn more about it by clicking on the photo above.


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