In 1927, Samuil Marshak (1887-1964), a writer in the Soviet Union, published a children’s book about the post office. Pochta has since been republished many times, and illustrated by many illustrators, and translated into English as Hail to the Mail. The story follows a letter chasing a man around the world. These first two images, from the first edition, were created by Mikhail Tsekanovsky (1889-1965), who in 1929 made an animated film of the story.
The following cover and inside page fascinate me; the artist may, or may not, be Yury Korovin, but I cannot find any more information.
And then we have a 1988 edition with illustrations by Fedor Lemkul…
I love the mailman waiting to load his mail on the boat.
The British and American editions were translated by Richard Pevear and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.
All praise to Samuil Marshak, shown below in a family photo.