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June 27, 2007 – January 25, 2008
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Location: Atrium, Lower Level, behind Escalators
This exhibition reveals how the Postal Service responds to disasters -- natural or manmade -- that dramatically affect everyday life in an instant. Among the objects representing disaster in two cases are postal keys recovered from the body of sea post clerk Oscar Woody, who perished trying to protect the mail aboard the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic; a mailbox remnant that survived the San Francisco earthquake of 1906; and an envelope postmarked the first day mail service resumed in New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.
Archival film footage of the construction of the Titanic runs continuously.