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Two sets of stamps are issued each year for the winter holidays season, usually one with a religious theme and one winterish. This year the choices are Geometric Snowflakes and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Both available now.
There are some interesting stamps that fall outside the first class postage rate. Wedding invitations, what with RSVP envelopes inside, tend to be too heavy for the standard rate, so the post office creates Two Ounce stamps for this special need. And for those who want to think outside the government stamps, USPS recommends Zazzle (http://www.zazzle.com/stamps), a non-government entity that has hundreds of love/wedding themed postage stamps, and can also create a custom stamp from a photo of the engaged couple. Zazzle also does divorce themed stamps. (Example: silver lettered "I Do Not" on a black background.)
Historical descriptions tell of immigrants arriving from
other European countries with Post Office box number of their Maynard relatives
written on a tag attached to their clothing. Supposedly, the PO
workers 'delivered' the arrivers to their families. The truth may not have been
as dramatic. Immigrants at Ellis Island, in New York's harbor, was required to
display a "Landing Card" on their outer clothing with information
including their name, name of ship and that they had passed daily health
inspections, but not their destination address.
Once cleared to leave the island there were immigrant aid societies which would help get tickets for the right trains, and also provide a card to facilitate travel: "To the conductor: This person is going to this address. Please show bearer where to change trains and where to get off, as this person does not speak English." The train station was the gateway to arriving in Maynard, not the Post Office.
Little-known fact: Only immigrants in steerage, i.e., third class, went through
Ellis Island. Those who
had enough money to travel first or second class were subjected to a cursory
medical examination while still on board, then dropped off at Manhattan.
Upgrades of post office services reached Maynard in an odd order. Rural free delivery was implemented nationally and locally in 1902. Long before then, most cities already had in-town delivery direct to homes (Boston started in 1864), but Maynard did not start home delivery until 1920. Until then, people picked up their mail at the post office. Nationally, home delivery was twice a day until the Federal Post Office scaled down to once a day in 1950.
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