The Postal Service logo is a well-known American symbol, but it hasn’t always looked the way it does today. Here’s a look at how the postal insignia has evolved over time.
- Mercury. In 1782, then-Postmaster General Ebenezer Hazard used an image of Mercury, the winged-messenger of the Roman gods, in his official postal seal.
- Post rider. Seeking a modern representation of the mail in motion, an image of a “post horse in speed, with mailbags and rider” was chosen in 1837 for the Post Office Department seal.
- The eagle. When the 1970 Postal Reorganization Act transformed the Post Office Department into USPS, officials unveiled a new seal created by the firm of famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy with an “eagle poised for flight.”
- The current logo. In 1993, USPS adopted its current logo, which features a “sonic” blue eagle looking forward to symbolize the organization’s future.
Source: USPS News Link