It’s Friday again, and you know what that means. Yep, it’s time for our favorite links of the week.
This week, Popular Mechanics entertained and educated us with a look at the geekiest mail delivery methods in U.S. history. Highlights include pneumatic tubes (who doesn’t love those?), a steampunk-looking contraption known as the Snowbird (a tricked-out Model-T actually), and, maybe our favorite, the three-wheel Mailster, once knocked over by an enthusiastic dog!
We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of O. Henry with the release of a new stamp in honor of the prolific short story writer. The stamp wasofficially dedicated in Greensboro, North Carolina, with another lively stamp celebration and birthday crawl taking place in Austin, Texas.
We focus a lot on stamps around here, but this week the Kentucky Stamp Club reminded us that envelopes are important, too. Covers (envelopes with interesting markings and/or stamps) will add dimension and important historical—and sometimes emotional—context to any stamp collection.
Finally, we fondly remembered design pioneer Bill Moggridge, (1943–2012), who helped us dedicate the Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamps last year at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, where he was director. Mr. Moggridge will be missed.