Episode 121: Smollop: The First New York Post Office

Anyone with a vagina and a few cents could mail a letter completely unmonitored.


Amazing how many innovations, social changes, dietary restrictions, etc., ad nauseum, ad nauseous, have been developed in the vain attempt by Us to control some other Them. In this case, women. And here we go once again, this time: the Post Office.

Yep. If you haven’t listened to this episode, it’s a shorter Smollop, and you really owe it to yourself, because great goofily moogily. We wouldn’t want women writing unfettered letters wily-nily or







Where’s my fainting couch? Enough to give me the vapors.

dutchchurchFather Dailey, you seem so cool I had to include you. Any priest that has Twitter pics that include the doc from The Love Boat and a street taco vendor would understand The Dollop’s skewed sense of humor about history. Evening to you, sir. I apologize for the profanity scattered throughout–none in this entry in your honor.

Related genealogy:

The Women Of New York: Or The Underworld Of The Great City (1869) * George Ellington: propaganda designed to score women away from the Post Office (request it to be released in Kindle format)

Governing the Postal Service * Gregory J. Sidak

Postal Act of 1845, establishing the US Post Office Department, creating standardized pricing, which allowed true access for lower classes and women: history class at coursera

Home delivery was then promptly started as a way to keep women home and away from those dangerous, pesky post offices–and to continue to allow their husband to monitor their mail. Yes, that is why you receive mail in a mailbox at your house.


Want more examples of positive innovations for All The Wrong Reasons? tag: good out of bad

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This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.