USPS has updated its own history book

The Postal Service has updated its own history book. Publication 100, The United States Postal Service: An American History, traces the organization’s evolution from the colonial era to the digital age. The 144-page book includes several new sections, including “Diversity, Past and Present,” “Unusual Delivery Methods” and tables of historical postage rates. Other sections cover…

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Board of Governors adopts USPS mission statement

The Postal Service now has a mission statement that describes the organization’s history, its duties and its status as an essential part of the federal government. In April, the USPS Board of Governors adopted the mission statement — the first in the Postal Service’s history — as part of the governors’ work to conduct long-range…

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Pandemic parallels: Postal workers, mail played key roles in 1918 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis isn’t the first time the nation’s postal system has risen to the occasion during a national health emergency. Postal workers also played a critical role during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. “Letter carriers then and now were on the front lines,” said Jenny Lynch, the Postal Service’s historian. The 1918-19 flu outbreak was…

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For the Record….

Ben Franklin was a man of unmatched vision and foresight. The US Postal Service is a quasi-Federal entity that was established and protected under a constitutional Amendment. We are the last line of supply and communication in the event of an apocalypse. We touch the lives and households of every single family in the nation….

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USPS to handle historic census mailing

The Postal Service will handle one of the largest mailings in its history when it delivers 590 million mailpieces from the Census Bureau, beginning in March. The pieces will include questionnaires, letters and postcards regarding the 2020 census, the constitutionally mandated survey that seeks to count every resident of the United States. USPS will deliver…

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USPS: March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, which encourages the study and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. The annual commemoration traces its roots to the early 1980s. It began as a weeklong celebration in 1982, then expanded to a full month five years later. The Postal Service has more than 289,000 female…

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USPS: February is African American History Month

The Postal Service will mark African American History Month, which is held each February. “African Americans have played a vital role in the history of our organization,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “The Postal Service is proud to observe African American History Month each year and honor the important contributions of African Americans to…

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USPS OIG Report: Rural and Urban Origins of the U.S. Postal Service

August 26, 2019 (RISC-WP-19-007) From its earliest beginnings, the Postal Service wrestled with conflicts between the needs of rural and urban communities. Congress has played a key role in shaping postal policy throughout history, particularly in rural areas where it worked on granular issues such as the selection of specific delivery routes and the appointment…

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