The speaker is a 59-year-old White woman with a high school education from Hope, Rhode Island; she was recorded in 1969.
|Inf: I, uh, was sworn in the thirty-first of January, 1946, and I, uh, took over the first of February, acting postmaster. And I was acting postmaster for twenty months. And then I, uh, got the appointment, postmaster. And I???ve been postmaster since.
FW: What do you do as postmaster?
Inf: I???m in charge of the office, complete charge that everything is taken care of in the office.
FW: And this is the whole, not the whole of Scituate? [Inf: No.] This is, just has???
Inf: This is, there are four, uh, post offices within the town of Scituate [FW: Uh-huh]. There???s Hope, Fiskeville, which services some of Scituate [FW: Yeah]. And Clayville, and North Scituate.
FW: Yeah. I???m thinking, I was thinking before, Pascoag. I mean, because this is Hope. This is Hope.
Inf: No. Pascoag has an office of its own.
FW: Yeah, that, that???s where I am [FW: Yeah] at the same time as here [Inf: Yeah. Yeah]. And it???s confusing me [Inf: Yeah. I uh-]. Yeah, uh-huh. So you do all the sorting and you???re in charge of, uh, the delivering.
Inf: We, uh, have to sort the incoming mail. And we have to, uh, get the outgoing mail ready [FW: Mm-hmm]. Face it, tie it. Uh, we don???t tie anymore. We use rubber bands. [Laughter] Thank goodness. And, uh, then we have to sell stamps [FW: Uh-huh], money orders [FW: Uh-huh], register letters, uh, rate parcels, insure them. Just anything that-, the only thing we don???t have is international money orders and savings bonds. We don???t sell them anymore. We sell savings stamps [FW: Mm-hmm], but not the bonds.
FW: How come?
Inf: We haven???t sold bonds for quite a few years. People can go to the banks and get [FW: Mm-hmm] them now. Maybe some of the bigger offices still sell them, but we don???t. And we don???t have international money orders, either. We haven???t for quite a few years, although I have had them, when I first went to the post office. I worked for the other postmaster when I first came out of high school for eight years [FW: Mm-hmm]. From 1926 to 1934.