Friday, November 20, 2009

Paper Work

This picture was taken in 1938, and shows a woman sorting through the mail. This might have made a good mystery person contest, but would have perhaps been too hard. The woman is Miss Margaret Lehand, secretary to FDR.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, was all that mail for FDR??? He was a popular guy.

    That's enough to stress anyone out!!

    No wonder the mail carriers "go postal!"

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  2. Democrats on this side...Republicans over here in the trash...

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  3. Looks like a hard copy version of my work email inbox after vacation.


    Good one, Elise, that's funny!

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  4. A quick Google Books search suggests that Ms. Lehand was as active after death as she was before. I couldn't figure out how to send the link. A computer wizard I'm not.

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  5. Elise - sorry, you have it wrong.

    Socialist pig Democrats in the trash. FDR was a Dem, but they were more moderate back then.

    Just wait until you get hit with Obamacare and huge tax increases.

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  6. One would think the president's secretary would have minions to sort mail.

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  7. Yes, one would think.

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  8. BTW... Last week's topic of WWI.
    I found this very interesting website
    http://www.greatwardifferent.com/
    "The Great War in a different light. Accounts and Galleries from Great War Period Books, Magazines and Publications with more than 8000 Authentic Photos, Illustrations and Newsarticles"

    I was looking for info on Marthe McKenna and Edith Cavell.

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  9. PJM

    You are right this would have made a nice contest photo. If course I mean before the contest became dumbed down. :)

    Smart girl, you are right that by todays standards FDR would be a moderate. For the era he was never called moderate.
    Great President though and a great one followed him too. Where have all the quality presidents gone. To paraphrase Paul Simon (the singer/songwriter) " our nation turns its lonely eyes to you"

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  10. It is very interesting for me to read the blog. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

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  11. Chances are the White House sent employee(s) to the post office to retrieve the mail, rather than wait for it to be delivered. That's how we and other large volume mail recipients did it at work. The mail carrier who handled our downtown route would often come in at midday with a few odd items that slipped through the sorting process,letters with postage due, etc.

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  12. A little context to this picture. The Roosevelts (FDR and Elenor) received more than 15 million letters in the roughly seven or eight Depression years up to 1941. All of them received an answer (even if it was only a form letter) and Missy Le Hand, FDR's long-time secretary (he brought her along from New York when he was elected in 1932), was responsible for both receiving and filing the letters, and for seeing that replies were sent. She's been described as the "perfect" secretary -- utterly devoted to her boss and utterly committed to the tasks at hand. It's thanks largely to her that most of them survive in the Roosevelt Library or other repositories.

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