Category Archive: post office

Jul 09

Kursk Tank Battle, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune July 9, 1943.

In local news, Marine pilot Lt. George Langston of Atascadero was credited with downing a Japanese bomber in fighting over Guadalcanal. Receipts at the San Luis Obispo Post Office broke an all time record since it became a first class post office in 1921. The January-June period exceeded even the busy holiday season with $54,742.55 …

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Jan 12

Save a life with a knife, New Southern Pacific station, World War II week by week

The Telegram-Tribune of January 9, 1943 had an unusually high number of war related local stories.

Sixteen stories were jammed onto the front page January 9, 1943. The new railroad station in San Luis Obispo was scheduled to start construction January 11. The new building was estimated to be $50,000 and a total cost of $96,000 to move the old wood frame building and tracks. A centralized traffic control system had …

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Jan 06

New Governor Earl Warren, rationing World War II week by week

Headlines from the Telegram-Tribune Jan. 4, 1943 as Earl Warren is sworn in.

Republican Earl Warren was sworn in as California’s 30th governor in 1943. In San Francisco 139 of the city’s 500 meat markets were closed due to a lack of red mead due to rationing. Many butchers were quitting to take war related jobs. The San Luis Obispo Post Office released numbers backing their previous statement …

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Dec 29

Hoarding Spam, World War II week by week

The Telegram-Tribune carried headlines of wartime hoarding Dec. 28, 1942.

Rationing would take effect as 1943 was about to dawn and in San Luis Obispo there was a run on canned meat. Local shoppers were suspected of hoarding. San Luis Obispo postmaster William C. O’Donnell said that Christmas volume was the highest ever. Special trains were scheduled to pick up the extra mail. Official word …

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Dec 16

One escapee caught, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune front page Dec. 9, 1942

Brief items from the Dec. 9, 1942 Telegram Tribune. The post office was taking on extended hours to handle the volume of Christmas mail. Both the holiday and growing military bases were straining the system. The state board of equalization was scheduled to enforce a midnight liquor curfew starting this evening. Twenty boys in Chicago …

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Dec 13

Swift completion of their appointed rounds, behind the scenes at a mail sorting center

Al Clement of Lompoc keeps his eyes on the mail as it goes through the sorting process. Although machines handle, cancel and move the mail, human eyes must scan each piece to assure proper routing.
©Ken Chen/Telegram-Tribune published Feb 25, 1981

Computers cut the number of jobs needed to hand sort mail. Later they cut the number of pieces of mail when folks began to send e-cards and connect on social networking sites. But you still need humans to deliver the mail. I am not sure if this system has been replaced by another technology but …

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Jun 22

J.J. Simmler, postmaster

Dead letter office, San Luis Obispo Tribune advertisement from 1883 by J.J. Simmler.

Most of the mail in my box is computer addressed advertising junk, much of which goes straight to the recycle bin. I try not to bring it in the house but most days it stacks up on the counter, waiting to be taken out. To the sender I am a demographic number. My address, zip …

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Jan 14

Postal Service grows, airport woes – World War II week by week

January 13, Telegram-Tribune talks about the explosive growth in postal revenue due to the influx of soldiers in the county.

San Luis Obispo County grew in astounding ways during World War II. One metric previously written about here were the huge demands placed on schools as new families moved in. Another indicator of impact could be found at the Post Office. Postal receipts for San Luis Obispo reached an all time high in 1941, almost …

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Aug 19

Early days of the San Luis Obispo post office

June 27, 1890 Morning Tribune

Civilization arrives with the post office. When you can send and receive mail your town is no longer howling wilderness, it is on the map. The 1890 Tribune took a moment to review the American history of the San Luis Obispo Post Office as it moved to a new building on Higuera Street. The town …

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