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Postcard: Detroit’s floating post office

Since 1874, the J.W. Westcott Company has served the Great Lakes Waterways, delivering mail and freight to cargo ships on the Detroit River.Zak Rosen provided an audio postcard for Front and Center – Chicago Public Media’s new series about the Great Lakes.

Detroit’s Floating Post Office from WBEZ on Vimeo.

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USPS Presents Annual Awards on Postal History

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Philip F. Rubio, assistant professor of History, North Carolina A&T State University has been awarded the Rita Lloyd Moroney Senior Prize from the U.S. Postal Service for his book, There’s Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2010).

The Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards are designed to encourage study and publication of the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness about the significance of the postal system in American life. They include the Senior Prize ($2,000) for work published by faculty members, independent scholars, public historians, and other non-degree candidates and the Junior Prize ($1,000) for work written or published by undergraduates or graduate students.

This year’s Junior Prize has been presented to Joseph M. Adelman for his article, "’A Constitutional Conveyance of Intelligence, Public and Private’: The Post Office, the Business of Printing, and the American Revolution," published in the journal Enterprise & Society, 11 (no. 4, 2010). He wrote this article while a doctoral student in History at Johns Hopkins University.

The Moroney Awards are intended for scholarship on any topic on the history of the American postal system from the colonial era to the present — including the history of the imperial postal system that preceded the establishment of the American postal system in 1775. Though submissions must be historical in character, they can draw on the methods of disciplines other than history, for example, geography, cultural studies, literature, communications, or economics. Comparative or international historical studies are eligible if the American postal system is central to the discussion.

Rita Lloyd Moroney, the awards’ namesake, began conducting historical research for the Postmaster General in 1962 and later served as of the U.S. Postal Service historian from 1973 to 1991. Additional information on these awards and application instructions are at usps.com/postalhistory/moroneyaward.htm.