Neither wind, nor rain, nor dark of
night. ..can stay this courier from the swift completion of his
Just as the chimney sweep was
considered a symbol of good fortune, so too did the mail man, always
neatly dressed in his dapper uniform, enjoy this association of being a
bringer of good luck. Old greeting cards attest to this. The historic
postman brought people all kinds of neat things. By virtue of this
dutiful and devoted servant, little packages, cards, telegrams — and
most certainly, many wonderful love letters found their intended
recipients. Whether on foot or on a bicycle, this man was always on the
go in the good old days, no matter what the weather.
In America of course, with its
vast geographical land mass, the mail system is quite different. There,
people’s residences are spread out over a much larger area. Mailboxes
are therefore often set up along the streets in groups. The adjustable
signal flag on the mailbox becomes a great help:
It let’s everyone know from far away
— the mail has indeed arrived today!
But alas! The wonderful romance of the
mail is today a thing of the past. Letters are no longer written
personally )‘by hand” — no, today the typewriter or word processor
takes care of that. Even the good old post office has been modernized.
Stamps are dispensed in booklets from automatic machines.
Our little mailman brings back memories
of the old mail coach days and embodies the pride of all civilized
nations in the postal system. Ever your devoted servant, he is plucky
and resourceful, reliable and steadfast, and is always ready to bring
you glad tidings of good fortune.