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Title
Mail carrier, Post Office Terminal Annex
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Oversized photograph.
An unidentified mail carrier fills his bag with bundles of letters to be delivered to their rightful recipients. He stands in front of a sorting area with several tiers; each tier is divided by metal brackets and labeled with either a number or name. His area appears to be the tier that is now empty of any letters or packages. 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. Letter Carriers are the public face of the United States Postal Service. Being in the front line, carriers are pressured to move faster, work harder and perform their tasks in a timed manner. They are watched, timed and inspected more than any other employee of the USPS, adding extra stress to their job. 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.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w ;35 x 28 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00073882
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Postal service-L.A.
CARL0000077415
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/115189
Subject
United States Post Office Terminal Annex (Los Angeles, Calif.)
United States Postal Service
Post office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Historic buildings--California--Los Angeles
Letter carriers--California--Los Angeles
Postal service--California--Los Angeles
Postal service--Employees
Underwood, Gilbert Stanley
Melick, Neal A

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