I love the map story!
We used to be able to send mail to "Mama and Daddy" in the little
community where they lived. The mail clerks knew who Mama and Daddy
were because the letter came from California or Connecticut or
wherever one of their sprouts lived.
We were very fortunate that my parents, my house, and my parents'
business all had the same mail carrier for many years. So, if
something came for one place or the other that couldn't be delivered
(no one to sign for it), the mailman would just take it to another
place. That was completely against policy.
Handwritten letters will be delivered, eventually. But, they have to
be manually processed instead of through the automated system. That
system uses character recognition software to read the address on the
envelope, then apply a bar code. If the address isn't recognizable,
the letter gets kicked out. If a manual review doesn't find all the
necessary parts (like a flat number in a multi-unit building), the
letter is returned.
We even have a one-year limit now on forwarding mail if someone
moves. That's really frustrating for businesses. It's even more
amazing if the person/business stays in the same postal code, which
means the mail is still processed by the same local clerks!
At 10:29 AM 11/29/2007, Pat Powell wrote:
That description of the Mail in U.S. was rally interesting - and
How does it relate to letters sent to the U.S. from here?
For instance I wouldn't dream of sending a pesonal letter to someone
with a non- handwritten envelope as people in general often take offence
if they get a typrwtitten envelope from a personal friend or relative.
The other thing over here ( i.e UK) is that not all places have numbers.
My current house, in a street, was built in 1839 but was only allocated
a number in 1985.
WE have received mail two years ago with just our two first names, no
surname and the name of the village!! I don't think that would be
In the good old days , in London I received a letter with only a map on
the envelope and an x to mark my house!!!