Early Park View Post Office Educated Children While Serving Community

Here’s a great image I recently found showing a mail truck at the Park View School. The image comes from a magazine published on September 25, 1919.

Mail truck at the Park View post office, 1919.

Mail truck at the Park View post office, 1919.

The community post office opened in the basement of the Park View School on July 4, 1918. I’ve posted images of the inside of the post office before, but this is the first action shot I’ve found of activity on the outside of the school.

Before the post office moved to the school, there was a branch post office at Park View, in a drug-store. According to a 1919 article in Everybody’s Magazine, the druggist didn’t want it and ran it merely as an accommodation to his customers.  He considered the post office more trouble than it was worth. The community considered it a simply arrangement to move the branch post office to the school, and found it to be a great convenience to the residents of the community.

Reflecting upon the success of the post office in the school and its educational component, in 1920 Miss Francis S. Fairley, community executive of Park View, penned the following in School Life:

Not only has the post office in the school served as a convenience to the public, but as an educational factor in school life its value can not be overestimated. The children attend largely to the postal affairs of the family; they mail letters, insure packages, learn weights and rates of different classes of mail matter, register letters, make out money-order applications, learn about postal zones, and so are brought into direct personal relations with the greatest institution of world interchange.

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