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Pretty as a Postcard

As letters grow fewer and stamps dearer, the US Post Office slips further into futility, but its buildings hint at its venerable past. The Excelsior's Onondaga Avenue location, for example, won praise from The Chronicle's John King this weekend as a striking--though austere-- mid-century beauty, "a simple form with eye-catching Moderne details and a federal eagle above the door that stands aloof from life below." [San Francisco Chronicle]