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APRIL 15, 1963 


Excerpts from remarks by U.S. Post Office and 
World's Fair officials at the U.S. Post Office 
groundbreaking ceremonies, New York World's 
Fair, Monday, April 15, 1963. 

RICHARD C. PATTERSON [Chief of Protocol] : Ladies 
and gentlemen, our first speaker graduated from Notre 
Dame with highest honors. He's been active in public 
relations, has spent a great deal of time in the newspaper 
field and is at present professor of journalism at Notre 
Dame. It is my great pleasure to present Mr. James F. 
Kelleher, Special Assistant to the Postmaster General. 
JAMES KELLEHER: Thank you very much Ambassador, 
ladies and gentlemen. We are very pleased to see you 
all here today to mark what is for us a very significant 

start. Over the two-year span of the Fair the Post Office 
Department will have the obligation and the privilege 
of providing special mail service for the hundreds of 
exhibitors and millions of visitors who will be present at 
the Fair. This building will be unique in many ways 
because it is the only building being built for participants 
by the Fair authorities, as a key service to the Fair and 
its patrons. It is a unique building because it will be the 
first ever occupied by the United States Post Office De- 
partment which has been specifically designed. It will be 
equipped and furnished with the dual purpose of pro- 
viding mail service and giving the public an opportunity 
to see how that mail service is provided. In this building 
we will have a working model of every kind of mecha- 
nized equipment used in post offices throughout the coun- 
try today and to be used in the foreseeable future. We 
will equip this building with the kind of machinery that 

Cover: Rendering of U. S. Post Office at New York World's Fair. Postal officials describe it as the first in the country 
specifically designed for both exhibit and operational purposes. 

11963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 

we project for some 200 large post offices around the 
country in the next ten years, to handle more efficiently 
through the aid of machines, some 60 percent of the 
country's mail volume. 

This post office will be so constructed that the handling 
of the mail within the post office will be fully visible to 
the public and millions of visitors to the Fair will have the 
opportunity to actually see their mail being processed 
from the time they purchase stamps to the time their 
mail is dispatched by any of a half-dozen means of trans- 
portation to destinations all over the world. There will 
be many special aspects to our Fair postal service, includ- 
ing seven-day service throughout the Fair to all of the 
exhibitors, the best in each type of mail service that's 
available in all parts of the country, and the best of our 
international service, including multi-lingual clerks to 
serve the millions of people Mr. Moses tells us to expect 
from overseas. 

Postmaster General Day is quite anxious to have you 
know that we look forward to making this Fair post 

Discussing the artist's rendering of the U.S. Post Office at 
the Fair are: (left to right) Postmaster John Hogan, Mr. 
Robert Moses, Mr. Sean Keating and Borough President Mario 


A bulldozer, with the able assistance of Patrick Kelleher, 
son of James F. Kelleher, breaks ground for the U.S. Post 
Office at the Fair. Looking on are: (left to right) John Hogan, 
Postmaster of Flushing,- Sean Keating, Regional Director of the 
New York Post Office; Mario Cariello, Borough President of 
Queens; James F. Kelleher, Special Assistant to the Postmaster 
General; Sydney W. Bishop, Assistant Postmaster General of 
the United States; and Robert Moses, president of the World's 

office an example of the improving service we are attempt- 
ing to give to the country as a whole. Mr. Moses, Mr. Day 
asked me particularly to bring you the message that after 
much expectation on the part of the World's Fair Cor- 
poration, our Post Office Staff Advisory Group will be 
meeting in Washington in July. We are sure that their 
favorable attention then will be directed to your applica- 
tion for a special commemorative stamp to mark the New 
York World's Fair. Now, at least, we have some place to 
sell it should they recommend it. Thank you all very much. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you very much Mr. 
Kelleher. Our next speaker is very popular around New 
York City. Starting long ago, before he entered the Fed- 
eral Service, he was director and deputy commissioner of 
many departments and then Commissioner of the Board 
of Standards and Appeals. Now, as you know, he is 
Regional Director of the New York Office of the Post 
Office Department. I have great pleasure in presenting 
Mr. Sean Keating. 

MR. KEATING: Ambassador Patterson, Mr. Moses, 
ladies and gentlemen. These oratorical Irishmen like Jim 
Kelleher don't leave anything for anybody else to say. I 
have three purposes in being here: first, to bring the 
benediction of a brogue ; second, to thank Commissioner 
Moses and the World's Fair Corporation for the cooper- 
ation they have given us; and third, to view with John 
Hogan, the Postmaster of Flushing, the problems with 
which we are going to be confronted during the years the 
World's Fair is in progress. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you Mr. Keating. And 
now we are to present the Assistant Postmaster General 
of the United States, who hails from Denver and was a 
practicing lawyer in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. For six 
years he was Deputy District Attorney in Cheyenne Wells. 
He was counsel in the Law Department of the Pruden- 
tial Insurance Company in California, and has had long 
and great experience in law and in public life. It's an 
honor, therefore, for me to present Sidney W. Bishop, 

Assistant Postmaster General of the United States. 
SIDNEY BISHOP: Mr. Ambassador, Mr. Borough Pres- 
ident, Mr. Moses, ladies and gentlemen. To anybody con- 
nected with the building phase of the post office this is 
the most exciting time when the mind and the muscle 
of man work to make a tangible reality of a project such 
as the World's Fair. It's a privilege for us to participate. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Moses 
and the World's Fair Corporation for their fine coopera- 
tion, that which makes it possible for us to bring the finest 
kind of mail service to the exhibitors and to the public 
who will be here in millions, to participate in the 
Fair. We estimate at least ten million people will use the 
World's Fair Post Office. On behalf of Postmaster Gen- 
eral Day and the Post Office Department, we thank you. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you very much. Mr. 
Cariello, the Borough President of Queens is here, and 
ladies and gentlemen, I asked him to come forward to 
say a few words. 

MARIO CARIELLO: Thank you very much Ambassador 
Patterson. President Moses, Mr. Bishop, Mr. Kelleher, 
Sean Keating, other distinguished members of the World's 
Fair and good citizens. As Borough President of Queens, 
I'm very happy to be at this ceremony marking the 
groundbreaking of another post office in this great bor- 
ough. I want, at this time, to thank Mr. Moses for his 
wonderful cooperation. We are working very closely for 
the success of the Fair and for the utilization of these 
grounds, after the Fair, as a beautiful "Central Park" of 
Queens. Thank you very much. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you, Mr. President. 
And now, my friends, I give you the Honorable Robert 
Moses, president of the New York World's Fair 1964- 

ROBERT MOSES: In an enterprise of this kind, there has 
to be a certain amount of give and take and I think that 
the agreement that was made between the Postmaster 
General, Mr. Day, and his associates and the Fair, is most 

reasonable. It was arrived at in the most friendly way. I 
don't know the relative importance of one kind of 
communication over another in the total scale, but it 
remains a fact that the post office is the avenue for world 
communication and domestic communication. 

I hesitate to compare it with radio, television, Telstar 
or any other method of communication, but it remains the 
basic way — the method most people use for messages not 
conveyed over the telephone. It's been the most efficient 
communication agency in the world since the days of 
Benjamin Franklin. Though the cost of mailing has gone 
up somewhat, so has the cost of everything else gone up. 

You're not only going to have a service for the Fair, 
but as has been indicated, you're going to have an exhibit 
which will rank with any other exhibit in the Fair. These 
are facilities which the post office will use afterwards. 

We're delighted about this building, and I can't say 
too much by way of thanks to Mr. Day and his associ- 
ates, Congressman Delaney, Mr. Keating and to others 
who worked on this project. 


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J. EDWARD DAY, Postmaster General, Washington, D.C. 
SEAN P. KEATING, New York Regional Director 
JOHN HOGAN, Postmaster of Flushing 
FRANK VIOLA, Design Engineer 



Flushing 52, N.Y. 

Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of tfie Corporation and 
Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer