The Journal of San Diego History
Spring 1988, Volume 34, Number 2
Thomas L. Scharf, Editor

Book Notes

Raymond Starr, Book Review Editor

Post Offices in the United States in 1890.

Edited by James D. Bennett. Privately Printed, 1973. Illustrations. 80 Pages. $22.50 Paperbound.

Post Offices in the United States in 1890 is a modern re-publication of an older book listing United States post offices as of 1890, plus assorted other information. Although published originally to assist stamp collectors, the book is also an obvious source for genealogists and local historians. The entries are alphabetical by state or territory, and include the name of the post office, the county, and notations as to whether the post office has money orders, telegraph, express or is located on a railroad. Some of the entries also include population. Thus, we find that in 1890 the Encinitas post office had money orders, telegraph and express connections, and was located on a railroad. La Mesa, on the other hand, had none of those services! The listings are also keyed to a map; unfortunately the editor did not include the maps in this reprinting, which greatly reduces the usefulness of this book for local historians. The book can be ordered from the publisher, James D. Bennett, 1608 South Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78404.