Largest Post Office

James_farley,_NYC_post_office_inscriptionThe James A Fraley is the largest Post Office in the United States. This grand palace is located in New York City covering two full city blocks an 8-acre footprint. Fraley was the 53rd Postmaster General.  This Post Office Building is the main United States Postal Service building in New York City.  Its ZIP code designation is 10001

FraleyPostThe Fraley building prominently bears the inscription: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.

SantaFarleyThe annual “Operation Santa” started at the James A. Farley Main Post Office in Manhattan, and has been running every Christmas season since 1912.

 

Christmas, FL

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Christmas FL was originally called Fort Christmas, named for the time of year the fort was built around the year 1837.

The word “fort” was dropped when the US Post Office opened in 1892.  The zip code for Christmas is 32709.

ChristmchristmasFL-postofficeas is located about 20 miles east of Orlando along State Route 50, a road traveled by those heading to Titusville on the Space Coast.

The post office is on your right shortly after seeing t
he green “Christmas” sign that marks the entrance to the town.

Middleburg Post Office

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The Middleburg Post Office is a cultural feature located in Loudoun, VA.  The primary coordinates for Middleburg Post Office places it within the ZIP Code 20117 delivery area.

Middleburg Post Office provides expedited passport service with a two (2) to four (4) week turnaround time in Middleburg.

Located on the “main drag” near the end of town, this Post Office is famous not for its service, products or customer satisfaction…location…more precisely, the zipcode and the stamp that says “Middleburg, Va.”

Middleburg is, of course, the epicenter of “horse country” million dollar “estates”, and point to point races, etc.

Some people who live out there keep a P.O. Box in town just to have their all their mail stamped with this pedigreed seal-of-approval.

History of the US Postal System

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While I’m working on updating my Zip Code site I would like to provide you with a weekly history lesson about the US Postal System, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did working on it.

The United States Postal Service as we know it today had its beginnings at the birth of the country itself. The mail service has the unique distinction of being one of few governmental agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution, under the so-called “Postal Clause.” Although postal services had been active in the colonies before independence from Great Britain,imagesGBthe service flourished following the establishment of the United States Post Office in 1775. Over the next few decades, the postal service was extended westward, as Congress authorized the construction and establishment of postal routes across the country.