I like this entry at A Rural Journal (who hosts the Sunday Series 52 photo challenge) - http://www.aruraljournal.com/2011/08/august-break-2011-day-21.html. It asks the question: Will kids in the not-too-distant future look at a mailbox and ask 'what the heck is that'? With USPS being billions of dollars in the red, and people having seemingly little need for traditional mail anymore, it's a reasonable question to ask. You could make a long list of obsolete items (or items heading toward obsolescence), including typewriters, watches, classified adds in newspapers, newspapers themselves, maps, phone books, phone booths... you get the idea (feel free to add to this list!). So I thought about my week 2 photo assignment, and here's what I settled on.
The thrill of in-person mail delivery... if it goes away, it will be missed, and a little piece of who we are as a society is in danger of going away with it.
Stamps... I'm not a collector, but find myself occasionally hanging on to commemorative stamps that I like. Here are a few examples I found in my top desk drawer. I had the privilege of seeing Sonny Terry live once... a treat I will never forget!
Sadly, while 'on assignment', I learned that the main post office in my city will be closing in about a month. It's has beautiful old Spanish architecture, with a large rounded doorway, high ceilings, and red tile roof. However, my favorite thing is a mural on one of the interior walls that you can enjoy while you wait in line. It shows life in old Orange County, CA, with young people picking oranges in a grove. I've lived here long enough to remember all the miles and miles of orange groves. Good luck finding any now!
|Safe Deposit Boxes... what will we use when these are gone?|
Wonder what will become of the building the post office is in after it closes? And this wonderful old mural??