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Photos: Post offices on the USPS' list of possible closures

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  1. The Postal Service, which has been losing billions of dollars as more people communicate online, said last week that it is considering closing 3,653 of its post office locations and working with local businesses to fill the void. Here's a look at some on the list including this one in Philadelphia that is in Ben Franklin's former home and predates the American colonies. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Philadelphia, Pa.

    The post office in in the Old City neighborhood is the only one in the country that doesn't fly a U.S. flag. That's because there wasn't one in 1775, when Benjamin Franklin founded it, before it later evolved into today's Postal Service. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Yountville, Calif.

    Clerk Jean Bergen helps Randall Pettit as he drops off some mail at the post office at the Veterans Home of California. Postal Service spokeswoman Sue Brennan would not say whether the goal is to close all 3,700 locations, or whether there is a smaller target number of closures. (J.l. Sousa / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Waverly, Wash.

    Waverly City Council member Evelyn Heinevetter holds a sign in supporting the town's post office. Nearly half of the 100 residents of Waverly turned out Monday night to protest plans to close the post office in the south Spokane County town. Council member Kim Billington says the post office is the only building in town that is staffed every day. (Dan Pelle / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Caratunk, Maine

    Appalachian Trail hikers use rural post offices along the route as refilling stations. They mail provisions to the offices and pick them up along their journey. Jon Appel, left, Greg Brown, and David Hyman, all of Pleasantville, N.Y., and Madelyn Hoagland-Hanson, of Philadelphia, prepare lunch outside the office in Caratunk, Maine (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Caratunk, Maine

    Postmistress Marie Beane takes a call while boxes containing hikers' supplies, sent care of general delivery, await pickup at the post office. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Appalachian Trail thru-hiker David Hyman, left, and Greg Brown, both of Pleasantville, N.Y., sort through a "hiker's box" outside the post office in Caratunk, Maine. Hikers who receive packages containing more than they want to carry often leave behind food and gear that other hikers may want. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. San Francisco, Calif.

    Clerk Shun Wong waits for customers at the U.S. Postal Service Bayview Station. The Bayview Station is one of five in San Francisco that is being reviewed for closure. The Postal Service is calling the targeted outlets “low activity,” defined by low foot traffic, average sales of less than $50 per day. Most are located within five miles of another post office location. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. New Brunswick, N.J.

    The Handy Street Post Office is one of fifty retail outlets in New Jersey facing closure as the Postal Service looks to cut costs. The Postal Service, which primarily makes money by selling postage, has been badly hurt as people have shifted communications to e-mail and the Internet, and as competitors such as FedEx and UPS have increased their reach. (Mel Evans / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Fidelity, Ill.

    Elvin Buchanan's grandson, Hayden Gohen, 3, helps him check his post office box at the Fidelity Post Office. Fidelity is among at least 10 post offices in southwestern Illinois that are on a list to be studied for possible closure. Many people send their mail to the Fidelity Post Office to be stamped there as a romantic gesture, particularly near Valentine's Day. (John Badman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Brooksville, Fla.

    ''They don't need to close this place,'' says Ronald Krna, 73, of Brooksville, as he picked up his mail from the post office box he's had since the building opened in Brooksville. Both the downtown Brooksville post office and the smaller one out in Istachatta are on the list. (Maurice Rivenbark / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Mountain City, Nev.

    Residents, a contract mail carrier, and one of the town dogs, Rocky, stand in front of the Mountain City post office. If the U.S. Postal Service closes counter service in Mountain City as planned, the town may lose more than a friendly face behind a counter. Locals see it as losing part of the town's identity. (Ross Anderson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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