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The Postal Service of the United States in Connection with the Local History of Buffalo   By: (1810-1874)

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The Postal Service of the United States in Connection with the Local History of Buffalo by Nathan Kelsey Hall is a comprehensive and engaging book that explores the fascinating history of the postal service in Buffalo, New York. Although the title may initially seem dry and dull, the content within its pages is far from it.

Hall presents a meticulous account of the development and growth of the postal system in Buffalo, highlighting its significance in shaping the city's local history. The book delves into the early establishment of post offices, the evolution of mail transportation methods, and the challenges faced by postal workers throughout the years.

What sets this book apart is Hall's intricate attention to detail. He meticulously researches and presents a wealth of information, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of how the postal service played a pivotal role in the growth and development of Buffalo. The inclusion of historical photographs, maps, and primary source documents further enhances the reader's experience, allowing them to visualize the historical context in which the postal service operated.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to humanize the postal service. Hall intertwines personal anecdotes and stories of individuals who devoted their lives to the service, painting a vivid picture of the dedicated and hardworking individuals behind the scenes. Through their stories, the author conveys the resilience and importance of the postal service to the community.

While the focus primarily revolves around Buffalo, Hall also expands upon the national significance of the postal service. He highlights key moments in postal history, such as the introduction of the Pony Express and the impact of the railway system, shedding light on the wider implications of the postal service's operations.

However, the book may not be for everyone. Its level of detail and historical minutiae may be overwhelming for readers seeking a more general overview. Furthermore, some sections may drag on, delving too deeply into specific subtopics and possibly losing the interest of casual readers.

Overall, The Postal Service of the United States in Connection with the Local History of Buffalo is a remarkable piece of historical research. Nathan Kelsey Hall's passion for the subject shines through, making this an informative and valuable resource for those interested in the history of Buffalo, the development of the United States postal service, or the broader local histories of cities across the country.

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No very satisfactory account of the origin and progress of the Postal Service of the country, in its more immediate connection with the local history of Buffalo, can now be compiled. The early records of the transportation service of the Post Office Department, were originally meager and imperfect; and many of the books and papers of the Department, prior to 1837, were destroyed or lost when the public edifices at Washington were burned in 1814, and also when the building in which the Department was kept was destroyed by fire, in December, 1836. For these reasons the Hon. A. N. Zevely, Third Assistant Postmaster General who has kindly furnished extracts from the records and papers of the Department has been able to afford but little information in respect to the early transportation of the mails in the western part of this State. Indeed, no information in respect to that service, prior to 1814, could be given; no route books of older date than 1820 are now in the Department, and those from 1820 to 1835 are not so arranged as to show the running time on the several routes... Continue reading book >>

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