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rrraphy
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10 Jun 2021
02:21:57pm
FWD:... came across this article in The Economist about a book about USPS post offices in the west. The article and the website are fascinating, so thought I'd pass them along. Haven't read the book, yet, but it looks very interesting ...
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How the West was won
The postal service enabled America’s westward expansion https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2021/06/05/the-postal-service-enabled-americas-westward-expansionon


PS: Note that the full article may not display to non subscribers. But information on this book can probably be accessed elsewhere, such as Amazon: "Paper trails" by Cameron Blevins.
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10 Jun 2021
04:26:20pm
re: Post Offices in the West

For those of us with less money than rrraphy (probably everyone except Michael###s who can apparently actually consider moving to Tahiti) ... check with your public library to access newspapers/magazines from around the world. My library, where I am considered a “patron” (based solely on my paying over $100 annually in fines, mostly for overdue Scott catalogues) offers a service (US-based) that provides that access.

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10 Jun 2021
07:35:50pm
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Also, that author did an online presentation on the subject for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in May. I wasn't able to "attend" at that time, but contacted the convener, who replied back that she hoped to have a video of it up on their site by the end of June.

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10 Jun 2021
11:47:25pm
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"For those of us with less money than rrraphy..."



David: This is what happens when you only buy from the 1c auction items...Big Grin Rolling On The Floor Laughing Didn't Warren Buffet build his early investment seed money delivering newspapers?

Actually the savings went to Netflix and Amazon videos subscriptions this year. (viewing time up by a factor of 5 vs 2019)
Magazine subscription are all shared in our coffee house crowd. Or I would have copied the article here.

Libraries have not yet re-opened !
rrr...

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11 Jun 2021
11:25:59am
re: Post Offices in the West

Hate to interrupt this tongue-in-cheek exchange, but anyone interested in Cameron Belvins' book should check out the website he and others created to accompany the book:

https://gossamernetwork.com/

The website offers an amazingly detailed exploration of the spread in the western U.S. of the "gossamer network" of post offices from 1848 to 1895. This network played a crucial role in solidifying the U.S. Government's opening up of territory in the west, particularly through its brutal displacement of Native Americans. One can identify each of the specific post offices created (and often closed) during this period. Blevins' analysis also speaks to broader contemporary issues, including attitudes in the west about the Federal Government and the lack of services to native populations. Worth checking out.


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11 Jun 2021
12:56:15pm
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Very interesting reference, Jim.
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