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June 24th, 2015 by

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Flag Day Is This Sunday, June 14

June 11th, 2015 by

Free-Download-Happy-Flag-Day-Images-1The History Of Flag Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as ‘Flag Day’, and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children’s celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

So raise a flag this Sunday and join us in celebrating our great country!

At Pak Mail You Have Choices!

May 26th, 2015 by

3 carriersWe ship with all carriers so you have choices.  Since we’re not owned by any of the carriers, we can ensure your packages is sent with the best one for your needs.  Just stop in and see us at Pak Mail Anderson Mill!

I Love the Post Office

May 21st, 2015 by

An interesting column from the New York Times:

I Love the Post Office by Ethan Hauser, NY Times Sunday Review, May 17, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/opinion/sunday/i-love-the-post-office.html

NOT because it still delivers letters — the Alamo of warm and fuzzy Luddites like my mother and multinational credit card corporations.

And not because of stamps. Collectors, may you never give up on the dream of finding that inverted Jenny-plane 24-center at a flea market in Ohio.

And not because it is celebrating National Dog Bite Prevention Week by ranking cities by the number of attacks on postal employees in 2014 (No. 1: Los Angeles, with 74).

Nor is it the workaday architecture of post offices themselves, whether Brutalist concrete or prefab ranch style.

Nor even the small-town half post office, half general stores, with idiosyncratic hours, and bricks of hunter’s Cheddar.

No, this is a paean to the big-city post office, those grimy, chaotic, good-will-draining temples of American bureaucratic dysfunction, where hopes and packages are mangled, and lunch hours are not to be trifled with, and where you can still experience a city in all its magnificent, unfriendly, unruly mess.

Like the D.M.V. and jury duty, the post office is one of the last great equalizing institutions. There are no V.I.P. windows, no first-class lounges, no velvet ropes — save for the vinyl Tensabarrier aides that children claim as dance partners. All of us — including the actress from “Girls” I spotted one Christmastime, her boulder-scale Chanel shopping bag swinging close to the eye of a toddler — have to face the same beleaguered civil servants, who recite the same scripts about liquids and perishables. It doesn’t matter if you star in a hit television show about Brooklyn — you are still not entitled to mail a lithium battery or genetically modified crops.

As with many of our objects of affection, the post office has shifting moods. Stress and crowds spike around what are thought to be the most anxiety-inducing parts of life: changes of address (moving), tax day (finances), Christmas (major holidays) and Mother’s Day (mothers).

Quieter stretches valley the peaks, but you are always just a passport-renewal seeker or a clerk’s coffee break away from the line threatening to move so slowly that it is actually inching backward. Then one fellow patron might roll his eyes, another might huff, still another might appeal to Jesus. Here, beneath the fluorescent bulbs speckled with what may or may not have once been tiny, vaguely prehistoric winged creatures, our differences dissolve.

Yet there are pleasures to be had, beyond the masochistic ones. At the same Brooklyn post office where I saw the boy nearly blinded by the bag, there is, amid the self-inking stamps used to label mail, one that reads “PRETENTIOUSLY HAZARDOUS.” So flawless was this, so in perfect pitch with the light-speed-changing neighborhood in which it sits, that I thought maybe I had dreamed it up. So I returned and there it was again, the accidental poetry of an author within the United States Postal Service, some 625,000 men and women strong and $5 billion on the bleeding side of its yearly operating budget.

No one can sanely argue that this is money well spent. It could probably buy everyone on earth a candy bar. But maybe that is not the point. Maybe the point is to pick up some stamps today, or send back the empty toner cartridge from your printer — because you’re a good person and you want to save the planet — and lucky you, you are about to see the stubborn, glorious disarray that still tatters our gleaming cities.

National Military Appreciation Month

May 19th, 2015 by

CPFS_Logo_4-C-lProvide a lifeline to America’s bravest in honor of National Military Appreciation Month! Donate a gently-used cell phone to Cell Phones For Soldiers at Pak Mail Anderson Mill, 13359 N Highway 183, Suite 406, Austin, TX 78750.

The proceeds from reycling those phones go toward prepaid phone cards and services for our deployed service members.

Here are some interesting facts about this great organization:

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldier:

– Provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time
– Provided more than 3 million calling cards
– Mails approximately 3,000 calling cards a week
– Prevented more than 11.6 million phones from ending up in landfills
– Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 2,700 veterans with emergency funds

Be sure to support this worthy organization! #NMAM

Armed Forces Day Is May 16th

May 13th, 2015 by

 

 

Armed Forces DayThis Saturday, May 16th is Armed Forces Day – a day in which we honor those who are willing to serve to protect us.  Then, on Monday, May 25th we’ll celebrate Memorial Day – where we honor those who have sacrificed all for our way of life.

All together, May is designated a Military Appreciation Month and we at Pak Mail Anderson Mill want to show our appreciation.  Any active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces who comes in on Saturday, May 16 will have their shipping needs met by us for absolutely no charge.  Free!  That’s how we’ll show our appreciation.  (We will have a $100 limit, sorry about that).  Just show your military ID and your shipping charges, up to $100, is completely FREE!

We’d also like to call your attention to this special story of a family of true patriots.  Please watch this and share it widely:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/7tyT4glkvBs.  We are incredibly fortunate to have people like this in our country.

Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing this weekend try to find a way to seek out a veteran or an active duty service member and tell them, “Thank You!”  They’ll really appreciate it.

Today Is Earth Day

April 22nd, 2015 by

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In honor of Earth Day, we thought we’d share this really interesting article from gizmag.com.  It talks about how styrofoam packing peanuts can be used in making batteries.

See how Pak Mail Anderson Mill works to keep peanuts out of the landfill and some of our other recycling efforts by clicking here.  We only have one planet – let’s take good care of it!

The Anatomy Of A Freight Shipment

March 31st, 2015 by

At Pak Mail Anderson Mill we are your one-stop leader in logisitics solutions.  We do it all from pick up to packing to shipping and we can even provide declared value coverage to ensure the safety of your special treasures.

We thought you’d like to see how a typical freight shipment gets prepped and ready to go.  So, here’s one we did last week.  The items are two 112 lbs. speakers and a 180 lbs. subwoofer worth a total of $12,000.  Let’s see how it went together:

First, because of the weight and value, we built a custom crate to hold the items.

1. Crate Frame

Then we lined the crate with two inch styrofoam boards.

2. Crate with Liner

Next we stretched wrapped the pieces and carefully placed them in the crate.

3. Crate with First Two Pieces

We put the third piece in and added styrofoam dividers to provide extra protection. We also added a corrugated shipping container to fill the void space.

4. Crate with All Pieces and Dividers

And now we’re ready to go!  Just waiting for the truck to come get it and send it on its way.

5. Crate - Ready To Go

And off we go!

6. Loaded and On The Way

We pack and ship anything anywhere!  What can we pack and ship for you today?

What’s better – a zip or a postal code?

March 26th, 2015 by

Mr Zip

The U.S. uses zip codes to route mail.  Canada uses different method called a postal code.  Which is better and how do they work?

Here’s a link to an interesting article in the North American Parcel Blog by Lee Smith.  Check it out!

How Amazon Warehouse Robots Work

March 10th, 2015 by

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Check out this really cool video to see how Amazon uses robots to fulfill your order:

http://www.chonday.com/Videos/how-the-amazon-warehouse-works



Why Choose Pak Mail

Pak Mail Anderson Mill is a full service packing and shipping store as well as a custom crating and freight shipping company. We are located in Austin and proudly serve Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Pflugervlle, and all surrounding areas. Request a Free Online Estimate or call us at 512-249-SHIP (7447).

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