Miss Letter Carrier, 1951

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While roaming through the Internet looking at images of letter carriers last week, I chanced upon this unexpected bit of postal history. Although it was Los Angeles, although it was 1951, I was still surprised. The Los Angeles Times of August 9, 1951, provided the background:

“Miss Letter Carrier of 1951 gets her insignia from U.S. Marshal James J. Boyle, left, and Letter Carrier Tom Savage, kneeling, while Postmaster and Mrs. Michael D. Fanning look on. She is Elizabeth Smith, a student at UCLA.”

“Elizabeth Smith, UCLA student and member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, yesterday was chosen Miss Letter Carrier of 1951 to preside at the annual letter carriers’ picnic in Arroyo Seco Park, Sunday. After Los Angeles letter carriers were deadlocked in their choice for Miss Letter Carrier, they called on Postmaster Michael D. Fanning and Mrs. Fanning and U.S. Marshal James J. Boyle to help them make a selection. Miss Smith won. Proceeds from the picnic will go to the letter carriers’ benevolent fund, it was announced yesterday by Letter Carrier Tom Savage, chairman.”

And at the picnic…

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Dealer McDope

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Dave Sheridan (1943-1982) has long been one of my culture heroes. His comics, most often created with fellow artist Fred Schrier, included Mother’s Oats, Balloon Vendor, Meef and Leather Nun. Sheridan also provided the art for the 1971 Dealer McDope Dealing Game. While I never actually met anyone who played the game — the rules by the game’s creator, Thom Patchett, were somewhat Byzantine, even for those with a clear head — it’s a pleasure just to look at the board and enjoy Sheridan’s genius. So, let’s start by collecting $15,000.

Start

Hashman

San Francisco

Rook

Panama

Jet

Kathmandu

Nunzio

New York

Happy Dust

Los Angeles

Heat

London

Front

Kabul

Bogart

Guadalajara

Federales

Chicago

Drop

Cleveland

Informer

Acapulco

Danger

Boston

Conspiracy

Beruit

Almost Busted

Bangkok

Burns

money 1

money 2

Deal

500 lbs

McDope's Pot

Dealer 4

Dealer 3