USPS: May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month, a national observance that began in 1999. “Veterans and service members are our neighbors, valued customers and respected colleagues,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “The Postal Service is honored to recognize veterans’ contributions to postal operations and to the nation during Military Appreciation Month and all year round.” Approximately…

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Remembering September 11, 2001: A Letter Carrier’s Story

In this video, Emma describes her experience that day and in the weeks that followed: By Nancy Pope, Historian Mail destined for the World Trade Center (WTC) was processed by the Church Street post office located across the street. The WTC complex was so large that it encompassed two zip codes, 16,000 addresses and required…

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USPS: Recalling the history of stamp positioning

The Postal Service has asked customers to place stamps in the upper-right corner of envelopes and other mailings for years. Do you know why? When postage stamps were first introduced in 1847, they were hand-cancelled individually by Postmasters and postal clerks. The introduction of high-speed cancelling machines in the 1890s changed things. “[T]he placement of…

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Where U.S. Mail Went to Die

By Ashley Bowen-Murphy – October 28, 2015 The “dead” mail arrived constantly, black bags filled with almost 30,000 letters and parcels each day. These high casualties caused only a general sense of alarm among late 19th and early 20th century Americans. Postal clerks in Washington, D.C. sorted through all letters pronounced dead, separating the truly…

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Owney the Mail Dog Still Lives, Sort of, in DC

By Matt Blitz – September 4, 2015 Before Rin Tin Tin, Sergeant Stubby, Lassie and Checkers, there was Owney the dog. During the late 19th century, this terrier-mix was the most famous dog in America, if not the world. As the Railway Mail Service’s mascot, he rode the rails delivering smiles and mail across the…

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USPS: How the west was won – New game marks Pony Express’s anniversary

The Pony Express is being celebrated with an online game that allows users to guide galloping animated horses along rugged terrain while collecting mail. Google introduced the game April 14, the 155th anniversary of the first delivery of the Pony Express. The storied delivery service allowed riders on horseback to move mail between California and…

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Podcast on the Mailing Industry Project at the National Postal Museum

Join Allen Kane (Director of the National Postal Museum), Marty Emery (Manager, Public Relations and Internet Affairs), and Karen McCormick (Project Manager) along with Gene Del Polito in a discussion of the latest project to be undertaken by the National Postal Museum — “The Telling of the Story of the Mailing Industry in America.” There…

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(VIDEO) Dimondstein: Don’t Let Postmaster General Put USPS in a Museum

“Postmaster General Donahoe is implementing one of the greatest threats to the public Postal Service to date,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein says in a new video. Standing in front of the National Postal Museum, Dimondstein adds, “This is where Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe would permanently put the public Postal Service.” Dimondstein urges viewers to participate…

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