August 16 marks the 50th anniversary of home mail delivery around Juneau

Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2002

The 50-year anniversary of the first day the mail was delivered to Juneau residences is Aug. 16.

On that date in 1952, during the tenure of Postmaster Crystal Snow Jenne, postal workers at the Capitol Building - the site of the post office at that time - attached tags to mail to commemorate the first day of delivery.

"Everybody had a box at the Capitol Building," Juneau-Douglas City Museum Curator Mary Pat Wyatt said. "My guess is (the tags) were a gimmick."

According to Wyatt, there were hundreds of tags left over from the inaugural day. Jenne's family kept the tags for 45 years before giving them to the City Museum, where a few were put into the collection. The remaining tags are being sold as mementos and can be purchased at the museum.

Jenne, whose middle name was "Brilliant," was postmaster in Juneau from 1944 to 1955 and was later the second woman to serve as a legislator in Alaska.

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