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For more than 225 years the United States Postal Service (USPS) has connected people and communities with one another. The post office serves as the conduit for sharing birthday cards, paychecks, vacation postcards, Social Security checks, and holiday greetings, to name just a few of the items sent via mail. Throughout its more than two centuries of service, the post office has employed thousands of people. It has grown from a location in the town general store where you shared a neighborly chat while picking up your mail, to the freestanding professional outlets that we visit today.
Technology has changed how many people interact with the USPS. Today we scan a machine for stamps, make an appointment to apply for a passport, and push buttons to get postage for a package, all while conforming to safe distancing. In many communities, however, the post office remains a place to share news and connect to the world beyond our immediate neighborhoods.
Today’s news reports remind us of how essential the USPS is in keeping communities connected and how the post office continues to play a vibrant role in cities and towns. Historic New England’s collection of post office images showcases the longevity of this important federal service and the variety of styles of post offices, from formal edifices to general stores. Enjoy these historic photos of post offices in New England towns.
Explore our Collections Acccess database for more views of post offices in New England.