Sunday, March 29, 2020

Smile-worthy old AP Laserphoto

I still have this 1991 Associated Press LaserPhoto from my days working at The Daily Collegian at Penn State. For many years, it was taped up in my work cubicle at various newspapers, because it always brings a smile to my face. I have an odd sense of humor, perhaps, but there's no doubt it's a great piece of photojournalism.

The caption states:

"ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 16 -- A TAXING MIDNIGHT -- Darryl Lee, of Detroit, seals his 1990 tax return as the final cart of mail is loaded onto a truck at midnight Monday at the Royal Oak, Mich. Post Office. Postal worker Bill Vanderveer hangs his head in disbelief as onlookers cheer for Lee. Lee works the midnight shift at his job and said he fell asleep, but awoke just in time to make the deadline."

The photo is by Blake J. Discher. There's someone by that name on Twitter and I've reached out to him. If he gets back to me, I'll be sure to add to this post.

Three elements of this photo, of course, are much different in 2020:
1. The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020, according to the IRS.
2. This crowd is not using proper social distancing.
3. Probably let's not lick envelopes.

One thing remains the same, however: Postal workers are unsung heroes.

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