Searching out the old main Post Offices in Texas has brought out how they all fly the American flag, but not the same way. In Fort Worth the flag pole is on the roof, in San Antonio there is an ornate base to the flag pole, in Hillsboro eagles holds (no hands!?) the flag pole from the side of the building with the Texas Star at the top, in Tyler the flag pole is part of the architecture and dominates, then in Wichita Falls the American flag flies on a pole several feet away.
Location, location, location is a rule for successful business and the old main post office in New Baunfels was the perfect place for the McAdoo Seafood Company, who renovated the 1915 post office. Naming it after the Treasury Secretary William McAdoo, who devised a general classification system that based the size of the post office to the amount of mail processed. New Braunfels is a CLass C with brick facing, fireproof floors, interior to exclude more expensive woods and marbles; the latter used only where sanitary conditions demand. Class ranking based on annual receipt of $15,000 worth of first-class mail yearly in 1915. MacAdoo was out to save money and preferred taking bids from both local and out-of-state materials.
Round Rock limestone, D'Hanis and Acme brick were suppliers.
Still a post office in Paris Texas. Built in 1924 when James Wetmore was the "acting Supervising architect." What stands out is standing near the door and then turning around and looking at the First Methodist Church. It seems they link together a time when Paris cotton mills and farms were booming.
Jim is focusing on preserving and bringing awareness of those classic post offices. He is happy to speak to groups and show what it was like before the internet..