Tag Archive: mail

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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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 I am not sure if this system has been replaced by another technology but …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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Feb 29

1965 Last Mail Train

    May 20, 1965 UPDATE Thanks to an assist from Bruce Petty with Los Angeles River Railroads we now have the correct date. According to a post on their website the Coast Mail was nicknamed Sad Sam. The page also says mail trains were slower than others because of the time needed to load …

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