Now that the latest annual Flotilla is another
we can get back to more mundane topics
like the mail delivery service in Jerusalem, Israel,
which has been a topic of discussion lately.
Some sleek autopost marts are around,
but for awhile this was the Jerusalem post office.
I have been collecting photos of
Jerusalem letter carriers for years.
The only way to spot them is the navy bag over their shoulder.
Some carriers are young,
some are losing their hair,
while others have dreadlocks.
This woman wore a long skirt.
Red tee shirts were the thing for a bit,
and then there are the baggy shorts.
There used to be more trucks and postmen around,
but in May, local letter boxes were sealed.
Delivery of the mail has slowed down.
But just yesterday I spotted
these signs of activity
on two old post boxes.
Amazing, now if you want to mail a letter,
go to the Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe.
Look for these newly active post offices
from the British Mandate period.
How is that for the ultimate in recycling
from the start-up nation?
18 thoughts on “Please Wait a Minute Mr. Postman”
Lovely post! Wish the mail service was so much better…
Thank you. Did not comment on how long it took to get a letter here from a few kilometers away, almost a month!
I had the same problem recently – 2.5 weeks for an an envelope between Modi’in and Jerusalem 🙁
A month from King George & Hillel Streets to off Azza Street?!
Why don’t they wear uniforms?
Politicians until recently did not wear suits and ties, some still do not. Causal country maybe? I do not know why no uniforms, but I do know it was quite a surprise what they did wear when we moved to Israel.
Judy – uniforms would cost money, and besides, why bother?
For the same reason that UPS, FEDX, etc. wear uniforms. Let’s me know that the person I let in my building, that I open my door to, or in the case of mail delivers who have keys to locked doors, is doing what they are supposed to do and not up to mischief. Also, i truly shudder to think what postal workers would (or wouldn’t) wear if up to them. But i guess that navy bag is their uniform. Oh well..
I worked as a post man for the Israeli Postal Service and it was a mess, much of the trouble was the management, it was just incompetent. Without going into too much detail, Israelis should be happy they get mail at all, due to sloppiness in addressing letters, a lot of mail is returned to sender.
We do not get many pieces of mail, but as long as not bills I am happy.
There is a box outside the Hadar mall in Talpiyot which is not marked “inactive.”
Was there last night and did not notice. Thank you, in our neighborhood we have to go to post office which relocated to an apartment building recently.
I frequently receive invitations to smachot after the affair date has past. Good thing people follow up with e-vites.
love the pics
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