Oversized photograph. An unidentified gentleman can be seen working diligently inside the Post Office Terminal Annex, also known as Los Angeles Terminal Annex Post Office. He inspects a stack of letters that lay on a desk in front of him and looks through a book that might give him the information he seeks, possibly deciphering an address or city. The book he is using appears to be labeled "Da-De", deducing from the gap in the collection that is before him. Employees of the United States Postal Service are divided into three major categories: Letter Carriers (also referred to as mailpersons or mail-carriers); Mail Handlers and Processors; and Clerks. In the olden days there were more mail handlers and processors, such as the man seen here, that often worked in the evening and at night preparing mail and bulk goods for the carriers to deliver. Today, processing of standard sized envelopes and cards is highly automated using machines that expedite this procedure, which means that fewer postal workers are needed. The Post Office Terminal Annex was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the California Mission style and was built in 1938; the supervising engineer was Neal A. Melick. This 400,000 square feet building served as the main mail distribution center for the Metropolitan Los Angeles area from 1938 until 1994. Approximately 1,700 Post Office employees handled over four million pieces of incoming and outgoing mail on a daily basis. The Post Office Terminal Annex was added to the National Register of Historic Places - Building #85000131, on January 11, 1985. Although no longer used as a post office, the building is used occasionally as a filming site.
1 photograph :b&w ;28 x 35 cm. Photographic prints
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