U. S. Post Office and Custom House
West Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets,
Newport News, VA 23607
1905 1905
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 01/06/04
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 01/06/04
Thanks, Dave!
WAY BACK THEN: NOW: WAY BACK THEN: NOW:
1908 Sunday, August 10, 2003 1912 Saturday, April 10. 2004
...the post office, which is not so rare an image. BUT, have a look at the home to the left of the P.O.      
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 11/21/07
WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Dave!
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 08/10/03
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Courtesy of Bob Buchan ('61)
of VA via Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 04/09/04
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Panoramic Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/10/04
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WAY BACK THEN: NOW:  THEN: NOW:
1919 Tuesday, April 6, 2004 1950s
(Kenneth Silver, Daily Press)
Friday, July 14, 2006
    "One of the most imposing buildings
in this city is the Post Office.  Located
on West Avenue, the building is also
the headquarters for other
government agencies."
"A fallout shelter sign is posted above a pay phone inside the U.S. District Courthouse & Post Office building in downtown Newport News."
Courtesy of Bob Buchan ('61)
of VA via Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 04/05/04
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 Image by Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 04/06/04
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04/11/04 07/28/06
WAY BACK THEN: WAY BACK THEN: THEN: NOW:
1929   1930s Thursday, January 15. 2004
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 04/24/04
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Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 04/24/04
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Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 05/19/03
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Image by Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 01/15/04
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NOW:
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 December 2005
Images by Chip Clark  ('65) of Northern VA - 11/02/05
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Images by Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 05/31/06
Thanks, Steve!
 

 
The Post Office is still at the corner of West Avenue and running from 25th to 26th Street.  I had to testify in a federal
hearing there last fall and the building is still fairly well maintained.  A decision was made the first of this year to suspend
federal magistrate operations at the building due to budget constraints so it's not clear what may happen. 

The building is still the postal center for downtown Newport News, but the number of clients there has obviously
declined. If the magistrate operation does not move back in a reasonable period the building may be closed
and the mail service moved to a more centralized site. The Oyster Point area has rapidly developed into the
business center for Newport News, and there has been talk of a mail center in that office park for centralized distribution. 

The old building is beautiful, filled with marble and heavy brass fixtures, and it would be a shame to see anything
happen to it. The post office in downtown Hampton was converted to a restaurant but it was not successful.

- Dave Arnold of VA - 05/23/03
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...The Federal Building long served as the post office, with other government offices upstairs. My most vivid memory of that building was my halting steps up to that second floor to register for the draft when I turned 18.  The stately eagle over the entrance to the Federal Building brings to mind the Owls above the entrances of Hampton's George Wythe Elementary School (located behind Bill's Barbeque).  Wythe was a junior high when my mother (Dorothy Harton Silsby, HHS '42) attended it.
- Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 05/31/06
Thanks, Steve!
 

Please Mr. Postman
 

Wait, oh yes wait a minute mister postman
Wait, wait mister postman

Mister postman look and see
You got a letter in your bag for me
I been waiting such a long time
Since I heard from that girl of mine

There must be some word today
From my girlfriend so far away
Please mister postman look and see
If there's a letter, a letter for me

I been standing here waiting mister postman
So patiently
For just a card or just a letter
Saying she's returning home to me

So many days you passed me by
See the tear standing in my eye
You didn't stop to make me feel better
By leaving me a card or a letter

You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute
You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute
You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute
You gotta check it and see, one more time for me


Back to Our Old Stomping Grounds

Return to NNHS Class of 1965

"Please, Mr. Postman" lyrics and midi (sequenced by D. W. Barnes) courtesy of http://www.smickandsmodoo.com/aaa/lyrics/mrpostman.htm
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/16/04
Thanks, Dave!

Quill pen divider clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com/resources/clipart/index.php?search=category&category=12&cp=11 - 02/26/04