Great American post offices
Before electronic impulses danced across copper wires, the mail was the only link most Americans had to the world outside their communities. The neighborhood post office was an essential structure to the existence of our sprawling young republic. James Bruns shows in this fascinating architectural history how the discerning observer can see each stage in our nation2s development reflected in the changing styles and functions of its post offices.
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HISTORY OF THE POSTAL SERVICE i
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