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19 Dec 2016
12:17:44am
Next time you're in Washington DC, you can pretend you're postmaster for a night by staying at the Old Post Office, now the Trump International Hotel, for a very reasonable price:

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I'm booked there, in a more modest accommodation, for a couple of nights starting four weeks from now.

Chris


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19 Dec 2016
11:21:20am
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I hadn't been paying attention. I just assumed the new Trump hotel was a new structure and didn't realize it was the old PO!

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19 Dec 2016
12:04:06pm
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2874 Sq ft. For one room? It must be a suite.

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19 Dec 2016
01:36:22pm
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yes, Thomas, it's the old PO

it will be interesting to see how its new owner deals with the contract under which he is allowed to profit from it. it should be quite informative for the remainder of his term and for the republic in general.

I recently sold a post card celebrating the old PO's grand opening. It was opened during FDR's term under then-PMG JA Farley.

Other than both believing strongly in patronage, I can't imagine two more different presidents.

if this wanders too far into politics, please feel free to delete.

David




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27 Jan 2017
11:04:12pm
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The following are some interior views of the hotel. The interior restoration, finished 2 years ahead of schedule, is frankly stunning and the images don't do it justice. We begin with a view of the massive 9-story lobby:

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Former clerk service windows now are adjacent to the entrance lobby and open into the bar/lounge and reception area:

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Main mail box. Imagine how many "Post Office Official" letters were deposited here.

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Original knife switch electrical panel:

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Actual US stamps displayed in common areas leading to guest rooms:

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Demilune desk area in a portion of a guest room built into one of the corner turrets, with view of Washington Monument through the window.

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27 Jan 2017
11:17:51pm

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Looks like a grand place! Gotta love the history here... and finished two years ahead of schedule!

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28 Jan 2017
02:01:11am
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Union Station, across the street from the National Postal Museum is another example of a great restoration project. Back in the my working days, I had to travel quite often to DC. I got to know the city very well.

My meetings were always around Capital Hill, so I stayed at a hotel in the area. When I first started going to DC, Union Station wasn't that great of a place to go to. The renovation work had recently begun. It is absolutely a place to check out when you are there, and not just for the trains!

I would like to go back to DC to see the renovations to the postal museum. I hear, and have seen in pictures that it looks very nice.

Washington, DC is a showcase for our country. There are plenty of bad places in the city, but there are plenty of good places as well. I guess in a way that summarizes who and what we are. We are a good country with some bad and everything in-between, and we are not afraid to let the world see what we are. We even put the good and the bad on our stamps.

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28 Jan 2017
03:26:04am
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28 Jan 2017
05:01:49am
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Image Not FoundI wonder if they posted a Moved Notice on the doorSurprise

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28 Jan 2017
10:50:11am
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Chris, when you get there your first order as Postmaster General should be to outlaw self adhesive stamps.
Tony

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28 Jan 2017
10:51:27am
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I second that.
Tony

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28 Jan 2017
10:51:58am
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Me too.
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28 Jan 2017
10:53:21am
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Does anybody by now knows how I feel about self adhesives?
Tony

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29 Jan 2017
06:40:14am
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Let us know how you REALLY feel, Tony! Big Grin Winking

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