Apwu -- american postal workers union, afl-cio. City letter carriers pose with handcarts used to collect and transport mail, 1885 it's estimated that 55 billion cards, letters, flats and packages will be sent through the mail this season and—even though use of the usps web services is history newsletterstay on top of the history behind today's news. There are stories that franklin gave all of the money he earned as postmaster of the newly formed us to soldiers who were wounded in the revolution, but there doesn't seem to be any conclusive proof of this in part because of his role in the post office history, benjamin franklin has since been featured. By 1828, the united states had 7,800 post offices which made it the largest postal system in the world mail was transported primarily by train, which ran on a schedule and was efficient and reliable letter writing also gained popularity as more americans moved out west and wanted to keep in touch with loved ones back. The first aerial mail transportation may be traced back to 1870, when in that year letters were carried out of beleaguered paris by free balloons, cast adrift in the winds the first of such flights was made on september 23, 1870, and carried 500 pounds of mail this service, of course, was not satisfactory, as the balloons. Publication 100 - the united states postal service - an american history 1775 - 2006 the history of the united states postalservice united states postal workers take pride in processing, transporting, and delivering the mail to the people of our great country i hope you will enjoy reading this history of the united states. After a triumphant two centuries, the usps is facing an existential crisis that technology can't solve.
A brief history of the air mail service of the u s post office department (may 15, 1918 -- august 31, 1927) as written and edited by the first aerial mail transportation may be traced back to 1870, when in that year letters were carried out of beleaguered paris by free balloons, cast adrift in the. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today's mail system during early colonial times in the 1600s, few american colonists needed to send mail to each other it was more likely that their correspondence was with letter writers in britain mail deliveries from across the atlantic were sporadic and. But americans may not have the united states postal service (usps) to kick around for long the usps, despite its continued legal monopoly on the delivery of letter mail, is virtually bankrupt, losing $45 billion since 2007 it has already defaulted on its obligations three times the postal service projects that on october 15,. The mail must get through: creating a nationwide infrastructure during the victorian period, the postal service played a key role in helping to transform the united states from a collection of local communities to a true nation state the agency was only able to perform significant cultural work because it found ways to.
In 1707, the british government bought the rights to the north american postal service from west and the widow of andrew hamilton the postal role was a natural one apart from postal employees themselves, transportation was the single most important element in mail delivery, literally, the legs of communication. The american colonies began as lonely coastal settlements, separated by dense forests settlers were more eager for news of their families and homelands overseas than for news from other colonies the british government, however, needed reliable mail service throughout the american colonies for official.
Us-post-office istock/delpixart 1 the first post office was in a bar the very first post office in colonial america was established in 1639 in the boston the only official way to send money, this severe punishment was less a reflection of the government's cruelty and more an indication of the importance of safe postal delivery. In early colonial times, letter writers sent their correspondence by friends, merchants and native americans via foot or horseback most of this correspondence in 1707, the british government bought the rights to the north american postal service from west and the widow of hamilton john hamilton, the widow's son, was. “the us postal service has a significant history in kansas – dating back to the pony express – and it continues to play a vital role in the american newspapers and prescriptions, to shipping products around the nation, families and businesses across the country rely on getting their mail on time in an.
The usps has made a series of proposals to a wary congress for ways to avoid all-out bankruptcy more less history: before mail was delivered daily, citizens depended on friends, merchants, and native americans to deliver messages around the country, and even to europe by 1639, the first official mail service in the. When the post office's parcel post officially began on january 1, 1913, the new service suddenly allowed millions of americans great access to all kinds “it got some headlines when it happened, probably because it was so cute,” united states postal service historian jenny lynch tells smithsoniancom.
Amy goodman: no, and actually it's probably not nearly as interesting as what's going on with the us postal service, the usps, because i don't know the overland mail company along the southern route took about 25 days and then my favorite, one of my favorite parts of american history was born, the.
Mules from supai carrying us mail containers by elf (cc by-sa 30) winifred gallagher, author of how the post office created america: a history, argues that the post office is not simply an inexpensive way to send a if the post office truly created america, it's now playing more of a supporting role. The usps is legally obligated to serve all americans, regardless of geography, at uniform price and quality the usps still has exclusive access to letter boxes marked us mail and personal letterboxes in the united states, but now has to compete against private package delivery services, such as united parcel service. Messages were then tied around the legs of the pigeon, which was freed and could reach its original nest mail has been transported by quite a few other methods throughout history, including dogsled, ski, balloon, rocket, mule, pneumatic tubes, and even submarine charlemagne extended to the whole territory of his. Franklin built a sound foundation for the postal service in the united states, and, fittingly, he became its first postmaster general the post office has played a vital role as a pioneer and major user of all systems of transport as each was developed: the stagecoach, steamboat, canals, and railroads the short-lived pony.