February 4th, 2015 is National Thank a Mailman Day!
Did you know?
- Before the postal service, people had to rely on each other to carry messages from place to place.
- Benjamin Franklin served as America’s first Postmaster General in 1775.
- Did you know that before postage stamps were “invented” back in 1847, folks were required to pre-pay for the mail before it was sent or the poor soul who received the letter got stuck with the tab?
- On April 3, 1860, the famous Pony Express officially took off.
- Read about the Barefoot Mailman who traveled the nearly 70 miles on hard sand without shoes back in the late 1800s.
- In 1863, free city delivery started and in 1896, free rural delivery began.
- In 1963, the Zip Code began.
- The rapid growth of technology, specifically email and texting, may soon impact the way the U.S. Postal Service delivers.
Did you know?
1. Maybe your dog won’t bite you. But in 2009, 2,863 of us were bitten, an average of nine bites per delivery day. That’s why I wince when your Doberman comes flying out the door.
2. Remember this on Valentine’s Day: It takes our machines longer to read addresses on red envelopes (especially if they’re written in colored ink).
3. Why stand in line? At usps.com, you can buy stamps, place a hold on your mail, change your address, and apply for passports. We even offer free package pickup and free flat-rate envelopes and boxes, all delivered right to your doorstep.
4. Media Mail is a bargain, but most of you don’t know to ask for it. Sending ten pounds of books from New York City to San Francisco through Media Mail costs $5.89, compared with $16.77 for Parcel Post. Besides books, use it to send manuscripts, DVDs, and CDs; just don’t include anything else in the package.
5. We don’t get a penny of your tax dollars. Really.
6. UPS and FedEx charge you $10 or more for messing up an address. Us? Not a cent.
7. Paychecks, personal cards, letters—anything that looks like good news—I put those on top. Utility and credit card bills? They go under everything else.