The art is in the mail…

Posted in , , Food drive, USPS, postal, post office, stamp, postmaster by yourpostalpodcast on April 30th, 2012


Photo: Hoolehua, HI, Postmaster Gary Lam helps customers send home hundreds of coconuts a month.

The May edition of Your Postal Podcast opens with the tale of how one Post Office in Hawaii makes it easy for tourists to mail home one-of-a-kind nutty souvenirs.

You'll also hear about this month's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The show concludes with our regular look at the latest postal headlines.

For a transcript of the program click here.

Click on the "comments"  link below and leave your suggestions and ideas for a chance to win a letter carrier bobblehead.

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  • Pamela Simpson

    I thoroughly enjoyed the May 2012 podcast. Postmaster Gary Lam has gone above and beyond to raise revenue for the Postal Service. It is truly a wonderful idea for tourists to create lasting tokens of their vacation. Peter Kramer is also an outstanding customer. Many people are so busy using email or bill pay that they must have forgotten the happiness experienced when receiving a card or gift in the mail. Kudos to Mr. Kramer for raising awareness. I would really like to see all of the pictures that were on display at the exhibit. Thank you. Pam Simpson

    May 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm
  • Linda Eilts

    enjoyed the podcast.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:11 am
  • Linda Eilts

    enjoyed the podcast. submission was a challenge

    May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am
  • Phyllis Isaacs

    One of the best Podcasts ever. I would love to receive a coconut in the mail, but don’t know anyone travelling to Mr. Lam’s PO. We have Stamps By Mail; how about Coconuts by Mail? Postal Art is wonderful, too. I used to be a Window Clerk and loved when Postal Artists came in to mail items, featuring hand-made/decorated paper, beautiful graphics, lettering and stamps. Creative customers also mailed beach balls with messages written on them, messages in bottles, etc. These are the type of innovations sorely needed by USPS.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  • Sandy Williams

    Great idea

    May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm
  • Jacky

    Your Postal Podcast is always great!

    May 3, 2012 at 8:32 am
  • Beverly Stubblefield

    I would like to see artists get together on a national scale to promote sending art through the mail. Art is an interactive experience of all the senses. Without the presence of physical art, viewing art is missing a complete experience.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:25 am
  • Candice

    How amazing! I would love to send or receive a coconut. What a wonderful idea!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm
  • Michelle Osuna

    I think that since post offices runs itself like its own business using no tax money. Then no one should have a say about how the business is ran. Nobody tells microsoft or pizza hut what stays open or closed.

    May 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  • Char Green

    Such a wanderful, creative idea! Would love to receive something like this in the mail. Hopefully other areas can come up with ideas from their towns to promote mail. Wish I could be so ingenious! Thank you for the great podcast.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm
  • Char Green

    Great job

    May 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm
  • Krist Ayers

    What a great idea on the coconuts, It makes you think of ways that you could do something at your own post office, I thourghly enjoy the postal podcast, very informative. Thanks :)

    May 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm
  • Kathryn Hrycko

    Enjoy all the podcasts. Read the comments of others. Continue to feature unusual post offices and personnel/offerings. As for art consider featuring the postal art at various post offices most of this art I am told was part of the old “New Deal” initative that put Americans back to work post the Great Depression. Preserving this history and art could help some “starving” artist(s) of today. I know that LInk had a short story on thisart a while back.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:15 am
  • Tammy Longtine

    First time I’ve ever listened to the podcast. Way cool!! The coconut story has my mind reeling on what we could do in our community. Thanks so much!

    May 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm
  • Martha Z Suwara

    Once again you have delivered a fun and imformative podcast. I look forward to listening each month.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm
  • John Sliwinski

    This may sound like a wonderful idea until you see all the coconuts rolling over the incline belts at a NDC. These are not being removed from mechanization and roll off the belts when they start and stop. Much of the art work and address is removed from rolling around. It would help greatly if they were in a box.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm
  • Leanna

    Loved the podcast about the coconuts. I want a bobble-head! :) I think an interesting subject would be first day covers designed by local artists and/or collectors

    May 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm