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   Post Office delivers calendar for the new year. And that new year is 1950

01 Jan 2013 07:35 PM   |   10315 clicks   |   Komo
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SilentStrider    [TotalFark]  
The Post Office is just trying to help Republicans along with their wishful thinking.

01 Jan 2013 04:16 PM
unfarkingbelievable    [TotalFark]  
Wow, imagine that. What would it be like if you not only received that 1950 calendar but had to live your life according to those times? I'm feeling a short story forming in my head!

01 Jan 2013 07:37 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
That's kind of cool. Wonder where it's been all this time?

01 Jan 2013 07:38 PM
ZoeNekros     
The calendar includes a holiday greeting from a railroad executive dated December 1949. Flanagan died of heartbreak that month.

/FTFTFA

01 Jan 2013 07:39 PM
Dr.Zom     

Gyrfalcon: That's kind of cool. Wonder where it's been all this time?


I have a theory that the act of delivering mail opens a hole in the space-time continuum and occasionally sucks pieces of mail forward in time. Same thing happens with socks in the laundry. That's why you occasionally see one sock on the side of the road.

01 Jan 2013 07:50 PM
cedarpark     
Just hold on to it for another 4 years, and they can re-use it. 2017 has the same days.

/4 more years!

01 Jan 2013 07:52 PM
davidphogan     
Flanagan died that month.

So they're saying he had bigger problems than not getting the calendar?

01 Jan 2013 07:52 PM
FlyingJ     
Subby thanks for reminding me to snag the latest Orchard Supply Hardware catalog, a a guy who's mailed a lot of packages, Post Office has been shiatty the last few years...
Link

01 Jan 2013 07:53 PM
atomic-age     
That's super cool.

We went to an estate auction at which we discovered an early 60s calendar hanging on the wall in the guest room. The newest thing there was a 60s jelly jar glass, still sitting on the kitchen table. Why yes, the owner was an ancient bachelor. Even the mail, of which there was crates and crates, was over 40 years old. Time capsule house.

01 Jan 2013 07:56 PM
Coastalgrl    [TotalFark]  
I think the Fail tag is a bit harsh. How about spiffy?

01 Jan 2013 07:57 PM
LordOfThePings     

Dr.Zom: I have a theory that the act of delivering mail opens a hole in the space-time continuum and occasionally sucks pieces of mail forward in time. Same thing happens with socks in the laundry. That's why you occasionally see one sock on the side of the road.


I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle.

01 Jan 2013 07:58 PM
Bedstead Polisher     

ZoeNekros: The calendar includes a holiday greeting from a railroad executive dated December 1949. Flanagan died of loneliness and rabies that month.

/FTFTFA


FTFSF

(fixed that for Simpson's fans)

01 Jan 2013 08:08 PM
no icon tact     
Truly was the dead letter office, PO worker probably just read about his death and stuck it in some dark corner that could last untouched this long.

Coastalgrl: I think the Fail tag is a bit harsh. How about spiffy?


Agreed, it IS space-time travel, the hackneyed standard SciFi trope, 'cept a mailing tube as protagonist.

01 Jan 2013 08:10 PM
buckler     

LordOfThePings: Dr.Zom: I have a theory that the act of delivering mail opens a hole in the space-time continuum and occasionally sucks pieces of mail forward in time. Same thing happens with socks in the laundry. That's why you occasionally see one sock on the side of the road.

I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle.


That's the most hideous insult my language has to offer. Prepare for invasion!

01 Jan 2013 08:11 PM
SoxSweepAgain     
1950:

House: $14,500
Average income: $3,216
Ford car: $1339-$2262
Philco model 1403 TV: $199
Admiral "home entertainment" TV system: $549.50
12" records: $4.85
10" records: $2.85
Milk: $.82
Gas: $.20
Bread $.14
Postage stamp: $.03
Pumpkins : $.02 cents a lb
Campbell's Pork & Beans - (2) 1 lb. cans: $.25
Sirloin steak: $.77 lb
Kraft Mayonnaise - quart jar: $.62.

01 Jan 2013 08:12 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

atomic-age: That's super cool.

We went to an estate auction at which we discovered an early 60s calendar hanging on the wall in the guest room. The newest thing there was a 60s jelly jar glass, still sitting on the kitchen table. Why yes, the owner was an ancient bachelor. Even the mail, of which there was crates and crates, was over 40 years old. Time capsule house.


I picked up an old union card at a hoarder's sale--must be some kind of lifetime membership thing, because it's engraved in solid brass. Stuff like that is fascinating if only because I wonder why anyone would think of that in the first place.

01 Jan 2013 08:14 PM
LordOfThePings     

buckler: That's the most hideous insult my language has to offer. Prepare for invasion!


OK, but watch out for my poodle.

01 Jan 2013 08:19 PM
DownDaRiver     

01 Jan 2013 08:22 PM
Fat-D     

DownDaRiver: Better article with picture goodness


I want that calender.

\railfan

01 Jan 2013 08:33 PM
Day_Old_Dutchie     

SoxSweepAgain: 1950:

House: $14,500
Average income: $3,216
Ford car: $1339-$2262
Philco model 1403 TV: $199
Admiral "home entertainment" TV system: $549.50
12" records: $4.85
10" records: $2.85
Milk: $.82
Gas: $.20
Bread $.14
Postage stamp: $.03
Pumpkins : $.02 cents a lb
Campbell's Pork & Beans - (2) 1 lb. cans: $.25
Sirloin steak: $.77 lb
Kraft Mayonnaise - quart jar: $.62.


Ah, the good old days..Isn't inflation a biatch?

01 Jan 2013 08:38 PM
Rich Cream     
A calendar from 1950 is good for 2017, 2023, 2034, 2045, 2051, 2062 etc

/miser

01 Jan 2013 08:43 PM
Basily Gourt     
FTA- "Times-Tribune publisher Bobby Lynett says he'll see if the Steamtown National Historic Site railroad museum is interested in the calendar. If not, he'll display it in the newspaper's offices"

He's kidding, right? If they don't want it, I know about a hundred model railroaders/ railfans who would love to take it off his hands.

Including me. Even if I am a hardcore UP guy, I have a soft spot in my head heart for the pennsy.

01 Jan 2013 08:46 PM
FlyingJ     
Basily Gourt Including me. Even if I am a hardcore UP guy, I have a soft spot in my head heart for the pennsy.

They are both Class 1's who have gone thru bankruptcy...

01 Jan 2013 08:55 PM
Altitude5280     

SoxSweepAgain: 1950:

House: $14,500
Average income: $3,216
Ford car: $1339-$2262
Philco model 1403 TV: $199
Admiral "home entertainment" TV system: $549.50
12" records: $4.85
10" records: $2.85
Milk: $.82
Gas: $.20
Bread $.14
Postage stamp: $.03
Pumpkins : $.02 cents a lb
Campbell's Pork & Beans - (2) 1 lb. cans: $.25
Sirloin steak: $.77 lb
Kraft Mayonnaise - quart jar: $.62.


What was the minimum wage? $1.25?

01 Jan 2013 08:56 PM
KiwDaWabbit     
Super cool story time:

I made two orders to the same website in the span of about a week. Yes, I'm a moron and forgot some items on that first order.

The site charges a flat $5.95 for domestic standard 2-7 day shipping. They choose the carrier automatically.

My first order, placed on 12/22/2012 and it went UPS Ground. As of 1/1/2013, it had not arrived.

My second order, placed on 12/28/2012 and it went USPS First Class. I received it yesterday, 12/31/2012.

And then I found five dollars.

01 Jan 2013 08:58 PM
BeSerious     
Wheres the fail subby?

01 Jan 2013 09:28 PM
Ringo48     

BeSerious: Wheres the fail subby?


Taking 63 years to deliver a piece of mail?

01 Jan 2013 10:39 PM
CaffietineFiend     
I love that the letter carrier just dropped it off with no comment, as though there was nothing unusual about a package bearing only 8 cents in postage.

01 Jan 2013 10:56 PM
Bith Set Me Up     

SoxSweepAgain: 1950:

House: $14,500
Average income: $3,216
Ford car: $1339-$2262
Philco model 1403 TV: $199
Admiral "home entertainment" TV system: $549.50
12" records: $4.85
10" records: $2.85
Milk: $.82
Gas: $.20
Bread $.14
Postage stamp: $.03
Pumpkins : $.02 cents a lb
Campbell's Pork & Beans - (2) 1 lb. cans: $.25
Sirloin steak: $.77 lb
Kraft Mayonnaise - quart jar: $.62.


Style of the time: onion on my belt.

01 Jan 2013 11:01 PM
Forbidden Doughnut    [TotalFark]  

cedarpark: Just hold on to it for another 4 years, and they can re-use it. 2017 has the same days.

/4 more years!


That's actually a pretty cool idea.

01 Jan 2013 11:16 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

CaffietineFiend: I love that the letter carrier just dropped it off with no comment, as though there was nothing unusual about a package bearing only 8 cents in postage.


I'd like to know the reasoning behind that one.
"Oh, look, an ancient piece of mail."
"What should we do with it, boss?"
"Is the address still good? Just take it over."

01 Jan 2013 11:30 PM
cryinoutloud    [TotalFark]  

Fat-D: DownDaRiver: Better article with picture goodness
I want that calender.


Oh I like that. I'd hang it on the wall for ever.

Gyrfalcon: I'd like to know the reasoning behind that one.
"Oh, look, an ancient piece of mail."
"What should we do with it, boss?"
"Is the address still good? Just take it over."


I think there is a law or something that if a piece of mail can still be delivered, it has to be, no matter how old it is or what it looks like.

01 Jan 2013 11:58 PM
Jument     

Dr.Zom: Gyrfalcon: That's kind of cool. Wonder where it's been all this time?

I have a theory that the act of delivering mail opens a hole in the space-time continuum and occasionally sucks pieces of mail forward in time. Same thing happens with socks in the laundry. That's why you occasionally see one sock on the side of the road.


TFA suggests it might have been inside a mail sorting machine, which while is less entertaining than your explanation, seems pretty reasonable.

02 Jan 2013 12:10 AM
saturn badger    [TotalFark]  

Altitude5280: What was the minimum wage? $1.25?


Minimum wage in 1973 was $1.60 when I was making it. It was about half that in 1950.

02 Jan 2013 12:41 AM
saturn badger    [TotalFark]  

SoxSweepAgain: 1950:

House: $14,500
Average income: $3,216
Ford car: $1339-$2262
Philco model 1403 TV: $199
Admiral "home entertainment" TV system: $549.50
12" records: $4.85
10" records: $2.85
Milk: $.82
Gas: $.20
Bread $.14
Postage stamp: $.03
Pumpkins : $.02 cents a lb
Campbell's Pork & Beans - (2) 1 lb. cans: $.25
Sirloin steak: $.77 lb
Kraft Mayonnaise - quart jar: $.62.


Depends on the source.

That said I bought 12" records for $3.53 at White Front in the 60s. Gas was $.27 a gallon. So inflation worked slower and in different directions in those days.

02 Jan 2013 12:49 AM
Gig103    [TotalFark]  
And just think - if they weren't pulling up the couch cushions looking for change to prefund pensions, they never would have found the calendar!

02 Jan 2013 01:49 AM
Hand Banana     
Who knows, maybe that Nirvana CD I ordered off ebay in 1998 will finally show up.

02 Jan 2013 05:26 AM
tarthrin     

DownDaRiver: Better article with picture goodness


You're the best.

I hate articles like "Look at this amazing dodad!, or Gigantic sinkhole in BFE, Kansas!" and then I go to read the article and then there's no picture...

02 Jan 2013 09:11 AM
GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve     
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02 Jan 2013 09:23 AM
Pangea     

saturn badger: I bought 12" records for $3.53 at White Front


Now there's a name that could no longer exist in today's America.

02 Jan 2013 12:08 PM
FlyingJ     
Pangea Now there's a name that could no longer exist in today's America.

Why are you biased against biatchin' SoCal Space Age Big Box architecture?
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They lost money on Toys R Us(pre Bargain Town) were sold to FedMart, a German outfit with people from PriceClub/Costco

02 Jan 2013 03:32 PM
doczoidberg     
Women wore weird underwear back then.

02 Jan 2013 03:32 PM
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