Howdy, folks! Evan here in western North Carolina, where the hills are smoky and the folks are really friendly. I've been on the road since last Sunday and have already visited 153 post offices, large and small. This trip will take me all around the country and I'm excited to show you what I've seen! Especially with my brand new 30x-optical zoom, 18-megapixel, high dynamic range-enabled Sony camera.
(No, the trip is not just about post offices. It's about experiencing America -- ballparks, cities, national parks, farmlands, and good local food. That said, since the rate of post office suspensions will only continue to accelerate courtesy POSt"Plan", post offices still need to be documented and Postmaster stories collected.)
Where to begin? Well, the first office on the trip was the... err... illustrious Dover, NJ Carrier Annex off I-80:
When I was in middle school my family took a trip to Chicago, and one of our first stops was the post office in Buttzville, NJ and a great place called Hot Dog Johnny's. The post office was located in a former gas station, and has since been suspended. I recognized the site this time around:
Former site: Buttzville, NJ post office:
Check out Hot Dog Johnny's. Fresh fries, great shakes. It was completely packed.
Beautiful post office of Sunday: Phillipsburg, NJ, built 1933. Amazing brickwork. Check it out:
In Allentown/Bethlehem, PA, I found both the current and former site of the Lehigh Valley post office and P&DC:
The former site is now known as the Airport Branch or Airport Annex of Bethlehem:
After that, a torrential downpour took out most of the potential postal photography time, as these clouds foreshadow:
And that's just day 1! There's plenty more for the next installment of GP 2012.