I love mail.
I always have.
I hope I always will.
I hope it sticks around because I still prefer it to an email, text, or other high-tech means of communication.
When I was thinking of where to begin my 2016 Staycation in DC, it seemed fitting to start with the building I had passed a million times by now that is right next to Union Station. I pass it each morning on my commute. The stain-glass windows are beautiful at night.
The Postal Museum has two entrances. One you can see as you exit Union Station. The other is on North Capitol in their post office. This museum is very family friendly with a scavenger hunt for kids (or kids at heart) who are interested.
PostSecret had an exhibit, which I was pleasantly surprised to see.
You can learn more about the famous postal dog – and see him stuffed! (The picture is a statue; I just couldn’t bring myself to take a picture of the stuffed dog). Postmasters gave him tags that he collected, as you can see in the picture.
Queen Elizabeth – what a beauty!
Check out the costly mistake made on a postage stamp. The name? Inverted Jenny.
I really like asking people who work at museums their favorite exhibit in the area they work. A worker mentioned there are stamps from a lot of world leaders who were asked to sign their stamps and send it back to a man who organized the exhibit. Pretty cool. Also makes me realize that people like to be recognized. Some very unique countries were represented and there’s even one with a signature thumbprint from One Pound Jimmy.
DC, definitely check it out! At the end, write a postcard and make your way downstairs to mail it at the post office.