Back when the government still valued every cent

I’ve reported before on the tireless efforts of the Bureau of the Budget under Brig. Gen. Lord to root out government waste and to drive down the deficit.

In a bit of correspondence from 1928, it appears that Gen. Lord didn’t shy away from demanding that the White House join in these efforts. This is all a bit quaint, but sometimes one wishes the government would be as savings-minded as it was in Coolidge’s day.

Here, Lord relates a new scheme to place a reminder of the cost of letters on each correspondence clerk’s desk:

He encloses a copy of the placard with the exhortation “Write fewer letters – write briefer letters” (it should be noted that letter postage was a mere 2 cents in 1928, so it was indeed surprising that a letter cost the government 26 cents):

And here’s the -appropriately brief- response from Coolidge’s secretary Everett Sanders:

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