On our way to Kentucky we swung through downtown Lafayette in Indiana for a look around. We were surprised to find some sculptures, some murals and a great courthouse building. Get off the highway, folks!
In its earliest days Lafayette was a frontier town and shipping center on the Wabash River. The Wabash and Erie Canal stimulated trade in the 1840's and the railroad arrived in the 1850's which expanded opportunities even further. I'll be sharing more history of this town in the next post with my photos from the County Courthouse building.
|Federal building entrance, home to the USPS|
Here's a little postal history to go with the 2 murals located in the U.S. Post Office lobby: Lafayette was the site of the first official air mail delivery in the United States, which took place on August 17, 1859, when John Wise piloted a balloon starting on the Lafayette courthouse grounds. Wise hoped to reach New York; however, weather conditions forced the balloon down near Crawfordsville, Indiana, and the mail reached its final destination by train. In 1959, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 7¢ airmail stamp commemorating the centennial of the event.
|"Sad News" by Henrik Martin Mayer, 1936|
I'd like to take a moment to thank Barbara for all her comments, it's been fun reading them! I don't get a lot of comments here on the blog, which isn't a complaint. Not only have I not commented on other blogs in almost a year...I haven't even had time to READ any blogs on my reading list!
|"Rural Delivery" by Henrik Martin Mayer, 1936|
My excuse? Truthfully I need to quit watching so much TV. But I find that after work I'm so tired I can't concentrate well enough to read a blog, much less a book. I used to make fun of my parents for falling asleep on the couch while they were watching TV and now I nod off there almost every night and have to rewind the show I was watching!
I know these are drama masks, and expertly done to make it look like they are the brick wall itself, but every time I look at them I think "If you don't laugh, you'd cry". Curious about the origin of the saying I googled it, and came across this interesting scientific article on how laughing affects our physiology. Or you can watch this adorable BBC clip about making Bonobos laugh!