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philb
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01 Sep 2021
05:54:23pm

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i have a cover of the post office dedication Boyerstown Pa. March 5, 1938. i am having trouble getting the scan to size here but i could email someone a scan if they are interested in Post office dedications.
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02 Sep 2021
02:52:34am
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Did they have free beer ?

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02 Sep 2021
12:45:56pm

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Charlie, i don't know ..i was probably just being conceived about that time !Happy

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02 Sep 2021
04:08:26pm

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this is the coverImage Not Found

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Tom in Exton, PA
02 Sep 2021
06:45:51pm
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That's about a half hour west of me! I went to a hobby shop there recently. Old time little city.

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04 Sep 2021
06:06:14pm
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Nice cover, Phil.

I like post office dedication covers and last day before closing covers from Texas.

David

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pigdoc
06 Sep 2021
10:32:24am
re: post office dedication Boyerstown ,Pa. March 5, 1938

Who doesn't love Last Day Covers?

Here's a link to one I created:
Last Day: Chatham PA

Last Day Covers can be elusive. Many (Most?) of these are philatelic creations, like the one I created. Does anyone know how to get advanced notice of PO closures?

-Paul

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Tom in Exton, PA
10 Sep 2021
12:58:27pm
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I'm going to be in Boyertown on Sunday (model car show, Paul!). I wanted to see if the post office that was dedicated in 1938 was still in use. So I went to my usual Google Maps and interesting enough that street wasn't run by their photo car! All the streets around it were, just not Washington Ave on those few blocks!

So I went to the postmark club's website where they have photos of all the US post offices they were about to collect. It's unusual for one I look up not to be there... and guess what? No Boyertown! So I guess I'm going there to take a photo on Sunday!

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pigdoc
10 Sep 2021
03:40:17pm
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Tom,

I posted about the Boyertown PO here some time ago:

Boyertown PA Post Office Murals

It's located at 128 S. Washington St, about 2.5 blocks due South of Modellbahn (walking distance). Not much to see on the outside. I can't remember for sure, but I think the PO was relocated there sometime after 1938. Or, the building has been reMODELed since then.

I may take a jaunt over there on Sunday, Boyertown is about 18 miles from my house. I should stock up on some detailing stuff for the 1:32 MiG-15 I have started...

-Paul





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Tom in Exton, PA
10 Sep 2021
04:03:06pm
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Thanks Paul... model show is at the firehouse 9-2.

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Tom in Exton, PA
13 Sep 2021
02:15:09pm
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Mystery solved... here's the Boyertown Post Office as of yesterday. It was really too sunny to take a decent photo, but it will do for our purposes.

So we know that the post office that was dedicated back in 1938 isn't the current location. This is the typical USPS architecture of the 1970s onward. USPS just plunks their awful buildings into places where the style just doesn't belong.

Boyertown is a quaint old town. If there weren't modern cars, you'd swear you were in the early 1900s driving down Philadelphia Avenue, the main drag. A 1938 post office would probably still be the newest building on the block! I wonder where it was and what happened to it.

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Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown

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13 Sep 2021
02:43:01pm
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13 Sep 2021
03:07:16pm

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Our Clermont N.Y. storefront postoffice closed November 29, 1957, then reopened for one day August 19, 1965 for the first day of issue of the Robert Fulton stamp.Image Not Found

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Tom in Exton, PA
14 Sep 2021
10:30:48am
re: post office dedication Boyerstown ,Pa. March 5, 1938

Thanks Charlie!
That's the typical post office architecture of the 1930s, I'm wondering if the building still exists. I can take a Google Maps walk around town to look for it!

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pigdoc
14 Sep 2021
02:01:30pm
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Yep, still there, eagle and all:
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It's a tax accountant's office now.

19 N Reading Ave.

-Paul


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joesm
14 Sep 2021
09:44:51pm
re: post office dedication Boyerstown ,Pa. March 5, 1938

Very similar in design to the old post office here in Sebring, Florida built in the same time period but in a Mediterranean style. It’s now used as the city’s police headquarters. I’ll have to look for the eagle.

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Tom in Exton, PA
15 Sep 2021
12:43:55am
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Very cool Paul! I feared it was now a parking lot! It looks great, in fact much better than the current post office!

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pigdoc
15 Sep 2021
08:57:31am
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It seems that, until the automobile culture ballooned, post offices were typically located near the centers of towns.

With traffic congestion, migration to the suburbs, etc., it must have seemed prudent to relocate post offices to the periphery of town centers. Great idea - make us MORE dependent upon automobile culture. {sigh}

-Paul

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Harvey
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15 Sep 2021
09:13:08am
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It's great when the buildings we remember from our childhood are re-purposed rather than torn down. The old one roomed school I attended in the 1950's is now a community center. It had a folding partition in the middle with primary to two (Mrs. Wallace) on one side and grades three to five (Mrs. Gauthier) on the other. I remember it well and still enjoy driving past the building!!

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