The Most Unlikely Place for a Museum
December 14, 2010 MuseumChick
I can find a museum anywhere, or do they find me?
Probably one of the most unlikely places I have ever stumbled upon a museum, I found one while mailing a letter at the main post office in NYC (the really big one across from Penn Station). I recently found out it has a name other than, “that big post office across from Penn Station”. It is the James Farley Post Office. Inside this building’s beautiful Beaux Arts architecture is a quiet museum of postal history.
Not expecting to run into a museum when I was mailing a letter, I didn’t leave myself much time to explore but I did see a few interesting letters in these cases, such as…
…original mail from during the Civil War, making these envelopes over 146 years old. Stamp enthusiasts will find the canceled stamps especially interesting and there is mail on display going back to the 1800′s.
Besides the many letters from times of war, there are envelopes made out of unusual materials. There is a brass postcard from the early 20th century along with wooden and leather postcards.
This mail from a WWII internment camp reminds us of a sad history when after the attack on Pearl Harbor, anyone considered a threat, especially Japanese, Germans and Italians were rounded up and shipped off to these camps. This letter looks like it may have been from a Japanese detainee of war.
On a more positive note- the ceiling in the lobby is particularly grand and detailed.
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