USPS: Mail processing has come a long way

July 13, 2021 When Musette Henley started working at the Chicago Post Office as a mail sorter in 1961, she and her co-workers had no say over their work schedules. “[We] had to check the board every day to see if you worked the next day. We would not know … what day we would…

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USPS marks its 50th anniversary

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service marks its 50th anniversary as an independent agency today. On July 1, 1971, the U.S. Post Office Department became the U.S. Postal Service, a transformation made possible by the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. This law transformed the Post Office Department from a cabinet level agency to an independent…

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Workers recall beginning of USPS

Robert J. Lombardo’s first day back at work as a clerk for the Post Office Department in Framingham, MA, coincided with a national strike that would lead to a significant change for the organization. “When I came back from the service, my first day back I think was March 15, [1970], and I’m here on…

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Tapping into the potential of U.S. postal cards

By Jay Bigalke – April 26, 2021 Postal cards have a storied history among philatelists. The first United States postal card was issued in 1873, and the newest one is featured in the May 10 issue of Linn’s. Also in the May 10 issue is Ronald Blanks’ article on airmail postal cards and their rates….

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USPS OIG: Thanking America’s Veterans

We like to take the occasion of Veterans Day to salute the military service that roughly 18 million men and women have given to our country, according to the most recent Census Bureau data. In particular, we want to recognize the veterans among our U.S. Postal Service and OIG employees. The Postal Service has historically…

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USPS-approved costume gives people license to smile

It’s Halloween time, Americans are rallying around the Postal Service, people love their pets, and who couldn’t use a good chuckle right about now? Count those among the reasons you’re quite likely to see dogs dressed as letter carriers in your neighborhood and social media feed these days. The officially licensed USPS dog costume, introduced…

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USPS OIG: Delivery of a New Delivery Vehicle

When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life…

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USPS: Worker witnessed major postal moment in 1970

Postal worker Ursula Hennessy doesn’t just remember the August day 50 years ago when President Richard Nixon signed the landmark Postal Reorganization Act. She was — to borrow a line from “Hamilton” — in the room where it happened. Hennessy was in her 20s when she joined the Post Office Department in 1969 as the…

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