Return to Sender–Holstein, Nebr
The Holstein, Nebraska post office is unlike many I’ve ever seen. Flowers racks under the windows. Painted Nebraska crimson and cream. Vaguely Romanesque in its pillories and faux pediment. And like the Roman Empire in 300 C.E., embraced by a slow and inevitable decline toward memory.
Return to Sender–Heartwell, Nebr.
Each rural post office has a unique character, and Heartwell’s is indeed unique. The village’s post office is little more than a postage stamp in size, and in fact, to buy stamps, one steps into the postmaster’s office.
It is a reminder of days past, before global trauma disrupted our trust for one another. When the post was a connection to the world, rather than a symbol of one passing us by.