Post Office Update #3

IMG_0785It’s been a little while since the last update, unfortunately, with the heart of the semester having overtaken my efforts to be quite as productive with the project as I’d like. But that has all changed this week as I prepare for one of my first public talks on the project.

So tomorrow (Thursday, April 14) I’ll be giving a talk entitled “Common Carrier: The Post Office in American Life” as part of the Framingham Public Library’s Lifelong Learning Lecture Series (jointly sponsored with Framingham State University). The main branch of the library is currently closed for renovations, so the talk will take place in the Blumer Room of Framingham Town Hall at 150 Concord Street.

I presented a paper on the project a few years ago at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, and have written a few op-eds on specific incidents in the history of the Post Office, but this will be the first real chance to give people an overview of the entirety of the project. Come and listen, and hopefully learn a little something about Benjamin Franklin, Amos Kendall, Railway Mail, and Mr. ZIP (pictured above).

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