"“Postal Personnel are expected to maintain the highest moral principles”"


This is from the postal code of ethics. The United States Post office is an institution held in high esteem ever since Benjamin Franklin became the first Post Master General in 1775. 

Benjamin Franklin as seen on the $100 Dollar bill. 


$100 Dollar Bill, B.Franklin
Public Domain$100 Dollar Bill, B.Franklin





The strong code of ethics has been portrayed in such books as the Postman (made into a film). Bukowski is renowned for his questionable morales so this is a very ironic entry to his book.