Walter Appleton Clark

Walter Appleton Clark

A lovely illustration by Walter Appleton Clark, with the child leaving the room, and even the painting, as his imagination carries him away. There’s a nice biography and appreciation of Clark at Jim Vadeboncoeur’s website.

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Rohrpost

Rohrpost

In 1865, the post office in Berlin began pneumatic mail service. It was known as “Rohrpost,” my favorite translation for pneumatic mail — you can hear it go by. In 1898, Rohrpost carried 2.3 million pieces of mail. Above, a postal worker in Berlin tends the tubes.