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America's Quirkiest Post Offices

B Free Franklin Post Office, Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin became the postmaster of Philly in 1737—when the British still oversaw mail delivery—and for all 13 colonies a few years later. He went on to be the first U.S. postmaster general when the U.S. Post Office was formed in 1775 and once lived in this building, which eventually became a post office. Fun fact: unlike other post offices, B Free doesn’t fly the American flag because it pre-dates the American Revolution. Get a letter hand-canceled with the signature of Benjamin Franklin; cancellation stamps make the black ink lines that mar a stamp to prevent its reuse. Then head upstairs to the United States Postal Service Museum (reopening July 4, 2013, after renovations). 316 Market St.; (215) 592-1292; postalmuseum.si.edu

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