A Postal Post: 6 Crazy Stories of Mail Bonding

The postal service, both in the US and elsewhere, makes their best effort to deliver mail, despite how difficult we make it. Some deliveries are just short of miraculous!

1. A postcard from Krakow that was addressed to:
Yellow Door
Wilmslow England
nevertheless made it to its destination. Local postman Paul Gardiner knows his houses... and their doors!

2. Paul Bates didn't know his friend Peter O'Leary's address, but knew where he lived, sort of. So he addressed a Christmas card with a map! The card somehow arrived at the right office in Cornwall, where a postal worker recognized the name, and the card was delivered—in time for Christmas.435_MFmapletter.jpg

3. Where I live, people without stamps sometimes put change in their mailbox to buy stamps from the mail carrier. That's hard to do if you don't have a large horizontal mailbox. What happens if you just attach the money to the letter instead of a stamp? This guy tried the experiment.


4. This postcard had a proper address, and proper postage, and it made it to it's destination ...90 years late!


5. Manuagua, Nicaragua stopped using formal street addresses after the 1972 earthquake leveled much of the city. Now, letters find their way via a local system that gives directions and landmarks on letters and packages. An example:

Donde fue Lacmiel, 2 cuadras arriba, 1/2 cuadra al sur (translated: where previously was located Lacmiel 2 blocks east, 1/2 block south).


6. If you are looking for a different way to mail a letter, you could mail one from underwater. Yes, there are post offices and mailboxes underwater. Gadling lists five of them. This Post Office is off the coast of Vanuatu. You could also mail a postcard from underground at Carlsbad Caverns.


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A Look at the World's Only Underwater Post Office
Brian Harmse, YouTube
Brian Harmse, YouTube

You’re probably familiar with the postal credo of not letting rain or snow or sleet interfere with duties. In the South Pacific Ocean nation of Vanuatu, that guarantee apparently extends to being totally submerged underwater.

As Lonely Planet notes, island postal officials debuted a deep-sea post office adjunct in 2003. Tourists to the collection of more than 80 islands can dive roughly 10 feet (about 3 meters) down near Hideaway Island to discover a staffed aquatic postal station. Waterproof postcards and stamps purchased on dry land can be mailed via the sea, with visitors alerted to the window being occupied by a flagged bob in the water. (If not, they can drop mail off in a separate slot.) Vanuatu clerks can even postmark the correspondence, substituting ink for an embossing device that proves it's in transit. The cards can then be sent internationally.

The underwater post office in Vanuatu
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If the idea of conducting mail transactions while snorkeling isn’t extreme enough for you, Vanuatu also offers a drop-off box situated on an active volcano on Mt. Yasur.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.


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