Rates have just gone up. But then about everything has. I collected stamps when I was a kid. I went through Grandpa Hilly’s law office (He was some kind of rural Judge). Shirl and I would go through the old building that was no longer used. I don’t think any records were transferred to the court house. It appeared to us that when he got too old to ‘judge’ he just went across the country road to his farm house and stayed.
Anyway I found some of the first airmail stamps ever issued in that office. You know that at that time, the 1940’s, it was three cents to mail a letter first class. I think airmail was 5cents. Those were the days of the penny postcard. I can remember the rural postmen; some had cars with the steering wheels on the Right side of the car. I always thought they were special made. I never thought they could just get a UK vehicle. I guess in the UK they could have used a US car to deliver the rural post. Now I see our rural postmen just lean across and reach out the window. But now we have automatic transmissions and they do not have to worry about the clutch, plus the cars are smaller.
Mail has always been important. It used to amaze me when mail came across the ocean by sail ship. Folks were fortunate to hear from loved ones once a year. I have mentioned before that ‘Mail Call’ in service is a highlight of the day. Men ashore gather around and a senior person, usually a sergeant, will stand on a chair, in a jeep, or on a truck. He calls out last names, the guy answers up and he will sail the envelope back to the guy.
Anyway after bitching a couple entries back, I thought I should brag on something!
PS: More from Regina Brett, 90 years old,
*****Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
*****It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.