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Clark Gable Could Have Picked Up His Fan Mail Here | by Non Paratus
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Clark Gable Could Have Picked Up His Fan Mail Here

Letters from fans to movie stars were once addressed simply: "Hollywood, California."


They ended up here, at the Hollywood post office, which maintained a dead letter office for blind-addressed mail to the movie stars. (I don't suppose there's a "dead tweet" file for all of the Twitter messages that go unanswered from current stars.)


This post office building was originally designed as a Beaux Arts building but remodeled in a formal art deco style during the Great Depression as a WPA project. The building has been designated by the city of Los Angeles as a Historic-Cultural Monument. That designation does not prevent demolition or alteration but does require permits before owners can make substantial changes. With the Postal Service dwindling in size thanks to Tweets and e-mails, I hope this lovely building is spared as post offices are closed to save costs.

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Taken on September 24, 2011