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LI mail carrier delivers to historic addresses with a smile and personal style

  • November 2, 2022

Michael Glaser delivers the United States mail to some of the oldest buildings in Smithtown, whose post office, established in 1794, was among the first on Long Island. 

His route includes the 1740 Franklin O. Arthur Farmhouse, the 1740 Epenetus Smith Tavern and the 1918 Roseneath Cottage, Smithtown Historical Society properties off Middle Country Road. Tenants in Society buildings get personal mail. The Society’s business mail, which sometimes includes inquiries from far-flung Smiths seeking information about their famous ancestors, goes to the cottage. 

“You feel something just by walking in” those old buildings, Glaser said one afternoon last week. On weekends, he watches the occasional old-time baseball game played on the Society’s meadow — “guys with old gloves, old hats, shorts and a flat wooden bat” — but he has little time for historical musing while working. “I come in with my smile…I say ‘Good morning,’ I keep moving.” 

Glaser’s boss, Frank Anzaldi Jr., the officer in charge of the Smithtown post office, said the ambience was one of the job perks for letter carriers. “Just seeing the building and knowing the history behind it makes it special, knowing you’re going to an address that people have delivered to for 200 years.” 

Today’s postal service, ramping up for peak holiday season with new hires and new technology, operates at a scale Glaser and Anzaldi’s predecessors might never have dreamed of. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day last year, it processed 9.2 million packages for Long Island, employing machinery capable of sorting 12,500 pieces of mail per hour. Nationally, it fields a workforce of 655,000 and processes 65 million packages per day. 

Glaser, 53, wears crisp United States Postal Service blues and black walking shoes he runs through at a rate of two or three pairs per year. His

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