Profile America: Mail Call

Tuesday, July 31st. The month of July is stamped in U.S. Postal Service history.

  • The American postal system was founded in July 1775.
  • In 1847, the first Post Office-issued stamps went on sale.
  • In July 1868, Congress authorized the Postmaster General to prescribe uniforms for mail carriers.
  • This month in 1963, the Post Office introduced the ZIP code to help speed mail service.
  • And in July 1971, the office was reconstituted as the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Lately, the service handles 154 billion pieces of mail annually, while over a half-million Americans work in 10,000 private courier and express delivery establishments.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online here.

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