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Post Mortems for Post Offices

The Stamp Collecting Report. I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Say good-bye to the 24-hour post office. In many major U-S cities, the main post offices 
were open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If two in the morning was the only time you 
could mail a certified letter or buy stamps, the post office was there for you.

No more. It's part of the agency's cutbacks. The U-S-P-S says there just wasn't enough 
business at those hours... Not enough business at ANY hours, but especially in the middle 
of the night.

It means a lost opportunity for stamp collectors, however. If you needed a postmark for 
a certain date, without a line of impatient customers behind you, or simply early enough 
in the day to let you hit several cities, the 24-hour post office was a big help. 

<Now, the only post office open 24-7 now is in Chicago.>

Many post offices, big and small, allow access to their Automated Postal Center machines 
24-7. And some stamp collectors HAVE figured out how to use the A-P-C's to further their 

It's just not the same.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
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