Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/10/2011

As post offices face closures, a look back on their starts (Video)

A map shows the post offices under review for possible closures. (Image from Save the Post Offices.)
Around the country, there are 4,380 post offices that may be shutting their doors in the near future. The U.S. Postal Service is considering cutting back the mail system that once blanketed the country in an effort to cut costs. Now, a new video mines the nostalgia of the post office, tracking its spread across the country from 1700-1900.

As the country pushed westward, the map filled with the chicken pox marks of growth. In its last minutes, the video mirrors a different map, created on Google Maps by blogger Steve Hutkins. Hutkins started the blog “Save the Post Office,” to track the closures of offices, many in rural corners of the country.

It makes one wonder if the video from 1900-2100 will show the opposite dwindling of dots:

Posted: Visualizing US expansion through post offices. from Derek Watkins on Vimeo.

(Via Boing Boing)

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