Drive-In Post Offices

September 4, 2010 by
Filed under: photos, post offices, postal, postal news, usps 

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 Comments on Drive-In Post Offices

  1. JULIE on Sun, 5th Sep 2010 4:49 am
  2. Great idea for handicap drivers or the elderly only.

  3. Sharon Schwuchow on Mon, 6th Sep 2010 1:28 pm
  4. 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?

  5. nan on Tue, 7th Sep 2010 7:07 am
  6. 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…

  7. tony on Sat, 11th Sep 2010 12:16 am
  8. pompton lakes nj 07442 has a drive thru post office