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Sad Day In Minneapolis - Post Office Burned Down

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Posted 05/31/2020   9:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It sure doesn't look like anything paper would have survived, but damaged covers are highly collectible - especially when marked or otherwise identifiable to a specific incident.

I almost want to mail something to "PO Box 100" at that station and see if it gets returned with any "undeliverable" markings!
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Posted 05/31/2020   9:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hand stamped cancel- "Salvaged from arson or riot fire at Main Office". That would be collectable on any fire damaged cover from any significant incident or event.
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Posted 05/31/2020   10:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Fire and water damaged mail is not all that uncommon. A Google search turns up numerous incidents every year ranging from Mail Contract Carrier vehicles that are involved in accidents to Post offices that are flooded and fire damaged. From what I gather the mail or remains thereof is sent to a unit within the Postal Inspectors Office that is dedicated to recovery. It is than forwarded when possible. From what I have gathered online recoverable mail is delivered to its final destination with little fanfare. The following article talks about mail from a truck accident:

https://wnyt.com/news/usps-delivers...ent/5327686/

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Posted 05/31/2020   11:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add OzwaldO to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And some covers have a very hard time making it through when everything is running smoothly! I have evidence! If was more handy with this I would post some pics.
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Posted 06/01/2020   6:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Torin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
rogdcam: I find SkyNews to be centrist. It's UK based, but often covers US issues more in depth and in a more unbiased manner than the big 3 networks.
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Posted 06/01/2020   7:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Please, please, please, keep this thread philatelic. Thank you.
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Posted 06/01/2020   8:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The early word now is that the post office will not reopen
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Posted 06/01/2020   10:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I posted this many, many years ago. I doubt much value, but it is an interesting item.
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Posted 06/01/2020   10:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
According to the AAMC, 650 pounds of mail was salvaged from 1339 pounds originally on the flight.
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Posted 06/02/2020   12:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My Stimulus check was on that flight.
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Posted 06/02/2020   12:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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650 pounds of mail was salvaged from 1339 pounds originally on the flight.


Well, this one definitely weighed less upon arrival.
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