Drive-In Post Offices

With recent stories about cars crashing into Post Offices– maybe it’s time to bring back “Drive-In Post Offices.”

Ohio: Car crashes into Heath post office
California: Car Crashes Into Walnut Creek Post Office

Houston Drive-In, Texas, 1951
Granville W. Elder, acting postmaster of the Houston, Texas, Post Office, first experimented with a drive-in for customers in late 1947 to expedite the handling of Christmas mail. Set up in the Sam Houston Coliseum, the drive-in was used by thousands of Houstonians and relieved traffic congestion near the downtown Post Office. In the 1950s, drive-ins – some of them seasonal – also popped up at offices in Illinois, California, and Maryland, but the idea was never broadly embraced.

Drive-In Post Office in Houston Texas, 1951

Drive-In Post Office In Houston, Texas, 1951

4 thoughts on “Drive-In Post Offices

  1. yes I agree, we drive thru for food and prescriptions, and beer and liquor, why not??? for people who only want stamps or boxes, you know the retail end, would be may help keep the USPS afloat. Realizing we are a “gotta have it now” society, it would aso save time for prople who cant stand in line all day while people ship lots of packages…Great for the handicapped as well…

  2. I think drive-in post offices would be a great idea. I think it would be great for stamp purchase or something simple only. I have had several customers comment that this would be an improvement. If fast food can do it why can’t we?

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