Minerva Ohio 44657

Minerva Ohio 44657 by shellyblake
Minerva Ohio 44657 a photo by shellyblake on Flickr.

This is the first post office that I had to search for in order to get the photo. The clerk from Dellroy gave me some history on this building – but alas, I don’t have my notes anymore. It was a nice looking, well kept building. And it was extremely busy and in the heart of town. Between this one and the old one in Alliance, OH, I decided to get the best photos, I was going to have to start REALLY early in the morning because there’s just too many cars in front of a post office during the height of the day.

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Galena Illinois 60136

I didn’t take this photo – but I think a trip to Galena may be in order for me to see this one myself. What a gorgeous post office.
Found this via another Flickr user. This post office was buit in 1857-1859 from Nauvoo limestone and is the second oldest continuously operating post office in the US. I wonder which post office is the first oldest? Thanks Thomas Henneman Photography for sharing a such a great old building with the Flickr world…and for the history info too!

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Dellroy Ohio 44620




Dellroy Ohio 44620

Originally uploaded by shellyblake

This was actually the second post office I took a picture of. I went inside and spoke to the clerk and he told me it was built in 1958…and that if I wanted to see some better looking “old” post offices, I should visit Alliance & Minerva. West Farmington’s PO might have started my journey – but this is the one that convinced me this would be a fun project.

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Alliance Ohio 44601




Alliance Ohio 44601

Originally uploaded by shellyblake

The Alliance, Ohio post office was built in 1918. This style of post office always makes me swoon for history. Must be the columns. I just love all stone buildings with columns. They just don’t make them like they used to!
There is also some great detail above the columns, including “United States Postal Service” across the front. I waited and waited for that red minivan to go away, but the customer who parked it there must have been reading their mail inside the post office because numerous cars came & left while I waited. Oh well, maybe I travel through that way again someday and can get an unobstructed photo.

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West Farmington Ohio 44491


West Farmington Ohio 44491

Originally uploaded by shellyblake

This is from the town where I grew up. This building originally housed the Farmers Banking Company before it became the post office. It was built in 1896. Source: Farmington History website

When I was a kid this post office had these great old boxes with alpha combinations and fancy windows. You could see right through them into the casing area. I have no idea whatever happened to the old boxes but they have since been replaced with the boring old gray ones you see at modern post offices.

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