Welcome to Maryland By Mail . . .

a digital archive and scholarly experiment

designed to explore the visual culture

of Maryland post offices.

 A Turn of the Century "Bird's Eye View" of Baltimore City -- the now-razed Post Office (left) and extant City Hall (right)

A Turn of the Century "Bird's Eye View" of Baltimore City -- the now-razed Post Office (left) and extant City Hall (right)

 

MD BY MAIL began as a digital archive for the author's collection of postal ephemera and memorabilia and has evolved into an experiment in critical making . . . It is an exhibit, an archive, and a scholarly experiment on art and architecture; on public space and memory; on collecting, wandering, and touring; and, above all, on alternative forms of scholarship.  

In many ways, the site itself is secondary off-shoot, an artifact documenting the author's travels across the state . . . Sections depict the architecture of some post offices in the region, the WPA post office murals commissioned during the Great Depression (and their artists), Baltimore’s streetcars and railway post offices, and even historic post cards depicting these sites (which include others' travels and memories).  Here, the post office is not examined as a business, a governmental department, or even a civic institution.  

Instead, the project asks the question “What if we view the post office as a work of art?”