We landed in DC last Thurday and hopped the Metro which we road several stops to Union Station which was a couple block walk to our hotel. As we exited the building we could see the backside of the Capitol building and we were standing right next to the Postal Museum. Great place to start the tour…
These charming personalities greeted us as we made out way downstairs to the light filled atrium that housed the exhibits.
Family of six?
And another family of six..
Each one a unique personality, each with much history and I am sure stories to tell of their service in spreading the mail. I half expected them to talk like R2D2 at any moment. I was waiting for some postal conversation.
The museum itself was a pretty and simple building from the outside, but the marble and brass and carved moldings in the spaces inside made up for it’s rather staid countenance. With so many fantastic buildings in DC, it was hard to choose, but the Greek columns gave this building a stature and elegance. Plus the banners were a turquoise draw and could be seen from far away.
Inside the atrium space, several artifacts hung from the ceiling and filled the gallery with history, not to mention fantastic views of sky.
Rail cars and even pretend postal workers. Owney the Postal Dog was there, literally, having been stuffed over 100 years ago. It was a little creepy and I felt bad for the poor fellow that he had not been happily laid to rest with a bone, but his story was wonderful.
Plus the poor little guy was weighted down with all these medals.
Of course I had to snap the Boston one…. Anyway, the museum held many more secrets and views which I will share next post. And yes, Good Mail Day was for sale in the gift shop for any of you who don’t own a copy, but funnily enough not ONE POST CARD!!