Did You Know? (The Mail Must Go Through – Amazing!)

1945 Roosevelt Memorial Stamps and envelope mailed 1945, arrived 2011

Courtesy of Tom O'Keefe, Annisquam Historical Society

That Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), a/k/a FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945), a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war, and the only American president elected to more than two terms?  On April 15, 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt was laid to rest in Hyde Park, New York.

July 26, 1945 – The U.S. Post Office Department issued a 1-cent stamp commemorating Roosevelt in Hyde Park, N.Y. This was the second in a series of four stamps issued in memory of the recently deceased president. Each stamp showed an oval portrait of Roosevelt to the left plus a scene of an important place associated with his life. The 1-cent issue showed Roosevelt’s house in Hyde Park, N.Y.  The postage rate in 1945 was 3-cents.

On July 26, 1945, H. Grimsland of Chicago mailed this First Day of Issue Roosevelt Memorial envelope and  1-cent stamps to Mrs. S.E. Lawrence of 123 Leonard St., Gloucester, MA.  This envelope finally arrived in Annisquam 3 days ago.  It had traveled to Gloucester, England and God only knows where else over the past almost 66 years, but it finally made it to its destination.  Mrs. Lawrence is long gone, so the mailman gave the envelope to Tom O’Keefe who is the curator of the Annisquam Historical Society, and he loaned it to me to share with all of you.  The mail must go through!

(lyrics by Larry Groce)

When you mail a letter,
you can send it anywhere.
On foot, by truck, by airplane.
The postman gets it there.
So write a letter to a friend,
Maybe she’ll write you.
No matter what, you always know.
The mail must go through.
No matter if it rains or snows.
The mail must go through.
 Some folks live in a city,
some live in a little town.
Even if you live out on a farm.
There’s a post man making his rounds.
So mail someone a letter,
even just a card will do.
You know it’s nice when the postman,
has a letter in his sack for you.

E.J. Lefavour



  • Great “Did You Know” EJ. Three days ago? I can only imagine that you might be writing a sequel to this one in a few weeks. A British postal employee has found this big bag of unclaimed mail and she is just figuring out that the posts all belong on the other side of the pond.


  • Hi Paul, I thought it was pretty fascinating that a piece of mail could be floating around the world for that long and still arrive at its destination (more or less). Missed seeing you at Passports this morning. The wind must have been WNW, or was it NW; anyway, you must have been burning.


  • Oh my, what a cool story! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.
    The mail must go through and this shows it does, eventually!


  • What a cool story; thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

    Goes to show that the mail must go through and eventually it does!


  • You gotta love stories like this. What post office in England had a sack sitting there for that long – ROAD TRIP – Joey C and you need to interview them. The FDR Library is an amazing place to visit. I worked one summer on a web project called the New Deal Network. We digitized all the photos from the library of congress of the new deal. Next door is the Vanderbilt Mansion. Truly awesome places.


  • Cathy Leahy Doucet

    Ellen Lefavour…OMG…I was just watching Fox News and saw you! I can’t believe you look EXACTLY the same! Please respond to this e-mail; I cannot beleive it has been 30 years since we worked together…how is that possible?????

    I hope you are well…would LOVE to hear from you!
    Cathy Leahy Doucet


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