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Catalog Number 1982.144.436
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Print. Black and white photographic print of a window display at J.L. Hudson Company Department Store. A male mannequin, dressed in military service uniform stands against postal sorting bins, signage affixed above his head reads, "I don't know how long I'll be gone -- and I know the job of getting mail handled promptly by you youngsters will be difficult--." A map of the Detroit Postal Area and Delivery Unit Numbers is affixed to the rear wall. The young female mannequin stands on the opposing side, also against postal sorting bins. Signage above her head is in response to what the male mannequin said and reads, "Don't worry Soldier! With the mail addressed to show the delivery unit number it will be easy -- Good luck to you and don't worry about the mail --." Signage in the central foreground between the two mannequins reads, "Postmaster Roscoe B. Huston has asked The J.L. Hudson Company to announce that your post office has been sadly crippled by the loss of expert employees to the armed services and war industries. The handling of mail must now be done to a great extent by inexperienced help. Many of these new clerks are High School students on only part time basis. Use of the new numbering plan of addressing mail which calls for the appearance of the delivery unit number after the name of the city provides an opportunity for these new clerks to handle the mail as rapidly as experience clerks were able to do formerly. Mr. Huston urges all mailers to first determine their correct delivery unit number and then instruct their friends and relatives to use it when directing mail to them. Your mail carrier can advise you of the correct number to use. Man an effort to address all mail to large cities in this manner. The approaching holiday season will mean huge volumes of mail. Now is the time to learn the unit number of your friends and to advise your number. Make it a habit now and your mail will without question be more properly handled." A small sign to the left of the window display reads, "Use Delivery Unit Number, Avoid Mail Delays, Ask Your Carrier." Signage affixed in the central foreground of the window reads, "Buy U.S. War Savings Bonds, Immediate Delivery, WAR BONDS, 11th Floor, Woodward, Section D." The date and photographic sequence number are printed on the bottom of the recto, "9-2-43; 18870-3x."
Date 1943
Photographer Hillmer, Davis B.
Neg # 18870-3x
Print size 8.1875" x 10.0625"
Collection Hillmer, Davis B.
Search Terms J. L. Hudson Company
Department Store
World War II
Savings Bonds
Post Office