“Do you ever go to the post office anymore? Today, of course, we have electronic bill payments and emails instead of greeting cards, but what one person considers progress might elicit wistfulness in another. No matter the technical threats and general downsizing, post offices are far from extinct. Whether historic in nature, architecturally interesting or simply quirky in their operations, we celebrate those homes of snail mail with this special-delivery missive through some of the nation’s most unique outposts.”

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Slide 1 of 18: Do you ever go to the post office anymore? Today, of course, we have electronic bill payments and emails instead of greeting cards, but what one person considers progress might elicit wistfulness in another. No matter the technical threats and general downsizing, post offices are far from extinct. Whether historic in nature, architecturally interesting or simply quirky in their operations, we celebrate those homes of snail mail with this special-delivery missive through some of the nation's most unique outposts. Related: 30 of the Oldest General Stores in America

Slide 2 of 18: Ochopee, Florida This post office on the outskirts of the Everglades is considered the nation's smallest, estimated to be 7-by-8 feet in total. The former irrigation pipe shed has been handling mail operations since the 1950s — and even has a sought-after postmark proclaiming its diminutive distinction. Related: 16 Public Buildings You Have to See Inside

Slide 15 of 18: Hoolehua, Molokai, Hawaii "Probably the only place in America where you can post a coconut," writes a Frenchwoman on TripAdvisor. What is she talking about? Well, at this post office you can — literally — avail yourself of the "Post-a-Nut" program. Since 1991, this tourist-friendly activity lets visitors mail a coconut (you can decorate it, too) as a souvenir of your time in paradise. Oh, and you can buy stamps, too. Related: The Best of Hawaii on a Budget

Slide 6 of 18: Valentine, Texas You don't have to visit rural Texas — though you certainly can go that extra mile — to secure this sweetheart of a postmark for your beloved. It's a tradition to send your pre-stamped card in a larger envelope and it will be sent out with a special holiday postmark. Related: The Most Romantic Place in Every State

Slide 7 of 18: Detroit River, Michigan You have to be a ship to do business with this "post office." Here's the scoop: the J.W. Westcott Co. started delivering mail to ships back in the late 19th century, eventually becoming an official U.S. Postal Service mail boat in the late 1940s. Today, it continues to operate along the Detroit River using its signature "mail in the pail" bucket-style system for its marine mail delivery.

Slide 11 of 18: Supai, Arizona This remote Native American village nestled within the Grand Canyon receives its mail delivery by ... mule. In fact, the entire community is only accessible by mule, foot, or helicopter. Junemarie Brandt describes the process on the USPS blog, noting, "Despite the many innovations in mail processing, transportation and delivery, there are situations where an old fashioned method gives the best service to our customers." Related: 11 Low-Tech Things That Still Beat Their Digital-Age Upgrades