Today is Thank a Mailman Day! In 1775, the Second Continental
Congress established the Constitutional Post—the first organized mail
service in America. Before this act, people relied on friends,
merchants, or private messengers to carry their letters. It was an
unreliable system, and colonial British postal inspectors often
intercepted confidential messages.
As the nation’s first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin
established many of the conventions we are accustomed to today,
including a standardized rate chart based on weight and distance. Before
the invention of the stamp in 1847, the writer could pay the postage in
advance or leave it for the recipient to pay upon delivery!
Over the past two centuries, the Postal Service has grown and changed
dramatically, but its mission of promoting free and open communication
has remained the same. To celebrate Thank a Mailman Day, take a moment
to appreciate this historic service and thank your mail carrier the next
time you see him or her!
Im never home to thank mine...lol...ill try and catch hime one day!
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