Soon after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Florida Keys in September, USPS employees got to work restoring service for their customers. One example: Letter Carrier John Schaefer, who drove an LLV along sand mounds in Marathon, one of the badly damaged communities.
Every picture tells a story, but some have more to say than others.
Here’s a roundup of some of the best photos that appeared in
Link this year. Some are amusing and others are sobering, but they’re all memorable.
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The Link archive has more memorable photos from 2017.
The Postal Service took to the skies to promote the release of the Love Skywriting stamp Jan. 7 in Chino, CA. After a skywriter recreated the stamp image, Pacific Area Writer/Editor John Hyatt held aloft a sign to remind everyone to use the hashtag #LoveStamp to discuss the stamps on social media.
The Feb. 1 Dorothy Height stamp dedication ceremony in Washington, DC, featured stirring tributes to the beloved civil rights leader, including a musical salute from singer Joe Coleman, who performed in front of the stamp image.
What’s the best way for a Postal Service employee to make news? By showing your dedication to your customers. This image, which appeared on the Wall Street Journal’s front page, shows New Bedford, MA, Letter Carrier John Gomes fighting wind and heavy snow to keep his appointed rounds Feb. 9. Image: Peter Pereira, Standard Times via the Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, President Kennedy’s great nephew, met the press after the Feb. 20 dedication of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy stamp in Boston.
When you work for USPS, everyone is a customer — even four-legged friends. In April, the Chemung, NY, Post Office received a visit from a deer that wandered into the lobby and nosed around before departing.
Who doesn’t love dogs? Participants at the April 6 kickoff for National Dog Bite Prevention Week included, from left, State Farm agent Carmen Contreras; Lucy, a pit bull; and dog trainer Jackie Cameron.
If you’ve ever been to a stamp dedication ceremony, you know how eager collectors are to get signatures from every event participant. Jamie Wyeth discovered this for himself during the July 13 dedication of the stamps honoring his father, artist Andrew Wyeth.
The Postal Service’s Sharks stamps made a splashy debut July 26 when Jon Nonnenmacher, a dive safety officer, displayed a sheet inside a shark tank at Kentucky’s Newport Aquarium, which hosted the dedication ceremony.
Postal Service employees were among the millions of people who caught eclipse fever in August, when the first total solar eclipse in almost a century cast a shadow that raced across the nation. In Lusk, WY, Postmaster Rhonda White, center, and retail associates Cherokee Lashmett and Cindy Starkey watched the eclipse during a break.
Of course, not everyone got to see the eclipse. Denise Edmonds, acting marketing manager for Capital Metro Area’s Greensboro District, donned viewing glasses during the eclipse — only to discover Mother Nature had other plans.
For many employees, working for the Postal Service is a family tradition. In November, Owensboro, KY, Letter Carrier Josh Hayden literally followed in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Julian Hayden, who also delivered mail in their community, by recreating a photo of the older man.
St. Nick himself stopped by the James A. Farley Post Office in New York City Dec. 7 to promote Operation Santa, the Postal Service program that allows employees and customers to help families in need by granting their holiday wishes. Santa is either telling the children a story in this shot — or demonstrating how much USPS loves the holidays.