On this day in postal history: On March 17, 1970, members of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 36 met in Manhattan and voted to strike. The largest wildcat strike in U.S. history began just after midnight. https://t.co/dvxPSxNtVy

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On this day in postal history: On March 18, 1970, members of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 36 began the largest wildcat strike in U.S. history began just after midnight. https://t.co/dvxPSxNtVy

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On this day in postal history: March 20, 1941, First Day of Spring at Bill’s Place, PA, “The Smallest Post Office in U.S.” (https://t.co/g8KIFyl7DA). The postmark omits the apostrophe, “evidence of the U.S. Post Office’s effort to simplify names.” https://t.co/in8WsQmvYD https://t.co/8xkUG2tRfw

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On this day in postal history: March 21, 1957: The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee was established. https://t.co/vEKWDvi5QK https://t.co/Ow8ydIS3Bs

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This day in postal history, March 22, 1947: Pres. Truman issues Loyalty Order to root out communism in govt. NAPFE Pres. said many dismissals “were aimed at getting rid of Negro postal employees who spoke out for democracy within the post office system.” https://t.co/JEqzBBnnR1

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This day in postal history: March 23, 1970, the seventh day of the wildcat postal strike, Pres. Nixon declares a national emergency and orders Operation Graphic Hand, deploying 25,000 military personnel to restore mail services in New York. https://t.co/dro0UnBJPj https://t.co/DygjLWIewz

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This day in postal history: March 24, 1838, a post office was established in Bearsville, NY, a hamlet in the town of Woodstock, famous for Bearsville Studio, opened in 1969 by Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren. The PO is still there. https://t.co/km2eTGD9Pw

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This day in postal history: March 25, 1970, the nationwide wildcat postal strike that began on March 17 comes to an end. It led to a wage increase and the Postal Reorganization Act, which replaced the Post Office Department with the US Postal Service. https://t.co/dvxPSxNtVy

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On this day in postal history, March 26, 1911, The first postal savings banks in the US are established at 19 post offices (2 years later, at 12,820 post offices) with accounts available to anyone at least 10 yrs old. Postal banking ended in 1970. https://t.co/dQGhyXD3dl https://t.co/1JHsR8ZPs3

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This day in postal history, pt. 2: March 26, 2012: A ppt presentation at USPS HQ shows strategy to shift retail business from post offices to kiosks, internet, and private retailers. It becomes evidence in APWU lawsuit to stop postal counters in Staples. https://t.co/JAP6aymw6K https://t.co/JgNrnJiDyJ

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This day in postal history: March 27, 1942, An act of Congress authorized members of the Armed Forces serving overseas to mail personal letters for free. https://t.co/2ayYzXxYuX

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This day in postal history, March 28, 1940, US Post Office issues stamp honoring educator, temperance reformer, and suffragist Frances E. Willard, whose work contributed to the passage of the 18th and 19th amendments. She urged women to “Do Everything.” https://t.co/cTcIwwwjvY https://t.co/Kv7QGtdyw9

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This day in postal history, March 29, 2011, USPS awards the Rita L. Moroney Prize to Phil Rubio, history prof. at NC A&T, for his book “There’s Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality.” https://t.co/skaDyDafyA https://t.co/R1japuHGl7

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This day in postal history, March 30, 2010, USPS requests PRC Advisory Opinion on eliminating Saturday delivery. A year later, PRC issues Opinion saying USPS was overestimating cost savings and underestimating lost revenue and potential mail delays. https://t.co/PTQDYt97lz

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This day in postal history: March 31, 1955, U.S. Post Office terminates experiment in Patron Mail by which advertisers dropped their mail at the local post office, one piece for each household, with no names and addresses. https://t.co/0CO3zvjACV

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This day in postal history: April 1, 1845, the first commercial telegraph service begins, under the Post Office Dept. 1855: Prepayment of postage is made compulsory; previously, the recipient could pay. 1973: USPS allows male letter carriers to wear shorts during the summer.

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This day in postal history: April 2, 1959, ground broken for the first fully automated post office in the U.S., in Providence, RI. A stamp honoring it was opposed by the Stamp Advisory Committee, concerned that many blamed automation for more unemployment. https://t.co/s1TL7O5V5f https://t.co/C9JbrencIy

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory April 3, 1860, The Pony Express begins its first run. Horse-and-rider relay teams race from St. Joseph MO and Sacramento CA and set a new standard for speedy mail delivery. The days when speed mattered. https://t.co/b49Zonuka4 https://t.co/MraJsSEDRM
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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 4, 1968, USPS issues a $1 stamp that, when combined with a parcel post stamp, is used to send mail and packages, by air transportation, to American service members overseas, mostly to soldiers in Vietnam. https://t.co/xtHZOMFrPp https://t.co/UetrTuGbvN

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory, pt 2: April 4, 1975, the Open Air Post Office in St. Petersburg, FL, built in 1916-17 and still in operation, is added to the National Register of Historic Places. It’s one of 2500 current post offices on or eligible for the NRHP. https://t.co/Akrf7CEfqu

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 5, 2011, Rachel Maddow talks Post Office, examines why, when it comes to postal services or any government service, Republicans are the party of “no, you can’t have it,” and how the USPS issue is low hanging fruit for Dems. https://t.co/kbtEgl5gCf

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 6, 1926, inaugural flight of airmail by Varney Airlines (a predecessor of United), between Elko NV and Pasco WA, a Contract Air Mail route created under the Kelly Act, which authorized the PMG to use commercial airlines. https://t.co/ot8CD7Y5zC https://t.co/qnuy5Q1i8N

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 7, 1940, the Post Office Department issues a stamp honoring African-American educator Booker T. Washington (1856-1915). It’s the nation’s first stamp to honor an African-America. https://t.co/ul4MovP7NN https://t.co/kGpHQ3QGC0

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory, pt 2: April 7, 2020, John Prine, “the Singing Mailman,” dies from Covid. I first heard his music thanks to another singing mailman, also from Chicago, my old friend @KentRoseNotes1. https://t.co/O5TpdWuDe5

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 8, 1930, the US Navy creates Guam Guard Mail after the US Post Office Dept ceases delivery to local addresses (it’s unprofitable because the island is not well connected by roads). On April 8, 1931, the POD resumed service. https://t.co/jPS4xlSdnd

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory, April 9, 1921: After 36 mail robberies in a year, PMG Will Hays (the Hays Act guy) offers a $5000 reward for bringing in a robber and orders all essential postal employees to be fully armed, “and every man is expected to uphold the honor of the service.” https://t.co/wjidd7Uoxs

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 10, 1957: The Post Office Dept installs the first semi-automatic sorting machine, the Transorma 5/300, at the Blair Station PO in Silver Spring, MD. It could sort 15,000 letters per hour, double what clerks could do by hand https://t.co/G7Q16UX7Gk https://t.co/gEmKfkKMtv

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory, pt 2: April 10, 2019: USPS issues a stamp series celebrating post office murals. Designed to help boost the morale of Americans during the Great Depression, they continue to add a touch of beauty to over a thousand post offices. https://t.co/7xGBFNevDG https://t.co/4jtbSl25aC

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 11, 1973, Washington’s Old Post Office (1899), designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, is added to the National Register of Historic Places, after almost being demolished. In 2016, it becomes a Trump Hotel. https://t.co/cOAKZ77QoD.

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory, pt 2: April 11, 1925, the US Post Office issues its first Special Handling stamp, which gives fourth-class parcels first-class treatment, speeding up delivery to protect perishable items, like agricultural products and live chicks. https://t.co/yZ9X5MuB6b

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 12, 2007, first Forever Stamp (an idea championed by the PRC’s Ruth Goldway) goes on sale for 41 cents. Initially intended to prevent the need for rate-change stamps, they became the standard First Class stamp in 2015. https://t.co/3fOYHRvKQl

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 13, 1957: No mail delivery on this Saturday on order of PMG Arthur Summerfield, who was fighting with Congress over funding to the Post Office. Public outrage prompts Eisenhower to sign a bill with more funds. Service resumes the next Saturday.

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 14, 1892: PMG Wanamaker orders “the name of the post office should be the same as the railway station and town.” As the number of offices increased dramatically, inconsistent names were deemed “a serious and growing evil.” https://t.co/y8h9Iq05bX

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 14, 1920, pilot William Hopson makes first flight delivering mail, a job so dangerous pilots called it “a suicide club.” On Oct. 18, 1928, Wild Bill died in a plane crash in a storm, flying the mail between NY and Chicago. https://t.co/179bqMO4Bz https://t.co/WEdCE0JkB3

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 15, 1926, Charles Lindbergh departs Chicago on his first flight delivering US mail. He flies the route to St Louis, which was a day faster than train, for 10 months, bailing out twice. In May 1927 he flies nonstop NY-Paris . https://t.co/xwpFAAnE30 https://t.co/1EsLYTqsj2

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 16, 1970, The Post Office Department and union leaders announce agreement on a plan that would soon lead to the Postal Reorganization Act (PRA), which transformed the POD into a corporate-like agency, the US Postal Service. https://t.co/G3T7fu6T4x

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 17, 1950, “in the interest of economy,” PMG Jesse Donaldson limits deliveries to homes to once daily and cuts one Saturday delivery in business districts (where there were sometimes 3 or 4). https://t.co/98LZDVoNOZ https://t.co/LJpo4NPClm

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 18, 1977, Commission on USPS issues report concluding that electronic communications will cause no further growth in mail volume and recommends cutting delivery to 5 days a week. Over next 23 years, FC volume doubles, starts falling.

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 18, 2017, Citi issues equities report falsely claiming USPS is charging below market rates on parcels, leading to WSJ article and then Trump’s bogus tweets that USPS loses $1.50 on each Amazon package. https://t.co/WQAVj2k7tS

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 18, 1950: PMG Donaldson issues order cutting delivery frequency, street collections, and window service — ” a day that carriers of the time would never forget” and a “stab in the back” that led to the upheavals of 1970. https://t.co/hpWn92mDnX

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 19, 1975, USPS issues stamp commemorating the bicentennial of the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the beginning of the Revolutionary War on this day in 1775. https://t.co/fNmEW5c2fi https://t.co/6OFSw7Dykt

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#ThisDayInPostalHistory: April 19, 2019, the Renton Highlands WA post office is designated as the “James Marshall ‘Jimi’ Hendrix Post Office.” The mail kept Jimi connected to his family while he was in the army. He’s also on a Forever stamp (2014). https://t.co/dtxpNSDpe0

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#OTD #OTDPostal April 20, 1987, the USPS issues set of eight Special Occasion stamps in the first “special” stamp booklet; they are the first stamps specifically created for a specialized retail market and the first sold through card stores and florists. https://t.co/FZhTqdWT63 https://t.co/Zv7X4iBuhT

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#OTD #OTDPostal April 21, 2012, USPS honors 10 of the nation’s most illustrious poets of the 20th century on Forever stamps, including Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, E.E. Cummings, Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams https://t.co/jaN0meMqXj https://t.co/JHr5v1F8uQ

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 22, 1994, USPS issues stamp honoring Buffalo Soldiers, the African-Americans who patrolled the West after the Civil War and went to Cuba (April 21, 1898) to fight with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in the Spanish American War. https://t.co/ikXC96Wu1X https://t.co/5s6gdUTNbf

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 22, 1932, Post Office issues a stamp celebrating Arbor Day, founded by Julius Sterling Morton (born 4/22/1832). The National Arbor Day Foundation has planted over 200 million trees. https://t.co/aIaah3Mx6l https://t.co/1I6DIwlN3k

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 22, 2020, USPS issues a Forever stamp celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by anti-Vietnam War teach-ins. (They’re still for sale at https://t.co/6xr9NgUP2c.) https://t.co/gpWFHQguKa https://t.co/RvuQI6BM1x

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 23, 2003, Pres. Bush signs Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act. Intended to address of the pension, it lays the groundwork for the pre-funding mandate of the Retiree Health Benefits Fund. https://t.co/CytgpxMlRP

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 24, 1997, PMG “Carvin” Marvin Runyan testifies to Congress on USPS financial condition (excellent) and addresses probe into his decision to put Coke machines in post offices (he owned stock in Coke). Watch on C-Span at 1:02:00. https://t.co/s0B1ptnzFQ https://t.co/UqZLNDn759

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 24, 1855, Cuba issues (jointly with Puerto Rico) its first postage stamp, a portrait of Spain’s Queen Isabella II. In 1973, Cuba began issuing its own stamps. In 1898, US intervened in Cuba and issued US stamps with a Cuba overprint. https://t.co/QVGXUADucV https://t.co/uitid8LT91

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#OTD #OTDPostal, April 25, 1938, Post Office issues first stamp in the Presidential Series (the Prexies), an idea suggested by FDR. The portrait of Washington, the winner of a national contest, was by Elaine Rawlinson, the first female US stamp designer. https://t.co/n9njWQQcBC https://t.co/FO92PuMPhM

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 27, 1966, the Post Office stops accepting deposits to Postal Savings accounts and ceases opening new ones. Established in 1911 to provide convenient and secure banking for working people, the system officially ends on July 1, 1967. https://t.co/5xdxA7qDd1 https://t.co/S6WGMsv2um

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#OTD #OTDPostal, April 26, 1940, Post Office issues stamp honoring progressive social reformer Jane Addams, co-founder of Hull House, founder of the social work profession in the US, and the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. https://t.co/H6NnuxToTW https://t.co/nLJa8Uz5QT

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 28, 1904, With Act of 1904, Congress authorizes the Post Office to begin using a permit imprint instead of a stamp, for prepaid mailings with a minimum of 2,000 pieces of 3rd & 4th class mail. https://t.co/bnpwjiGIQr https://t.co/N86mtkiBie

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 29, 1930, Airmail Act gives PMG Walter Brown more authority to contract with carriers, leading to the 1934 Air Mail Scandal. At a “Spoils Conference,” Brown allowed top airline execs to divide up routes and cut out smaller companies. https://t.co/cFPlV7Hm3z

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#OTD #OTDPostal: April 29, 1969, Ronald B. Lee becomes first African-American Assistant PMG. “Because I’m black,” he tells NYT, “I keep this little reminder in front of me. It says: ‘Do some thing for equality every day.’” https://t.co/LkN8ebu6aa https://t.co/iBlNQYjESZ

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#OTD #OTDPostal April 30, 1957, Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield opens the first meeting of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. Its goal is to select subjects of broad national interest that are interesting and educational. https://t.co/HM9GjF6SrE https://t.co/pLcb2Wz3jN

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#OTD #OTDPostal April 30, 1918, The last contract for Style A letter boxes expires. Considered to be more ornamental than previous styles, Style A boxes were made under contract from 1913 to 1918, then replaced by Style B. https://t.co/EQn4igI8ig https://t.co/JIlPMaKTpk

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 1, 1977, Domestic Air Mail, a class of service that began in 1918, is officially ended because all domestic FCM was being dispatched by the most expeditious means, surface or air, whether or not the Air Mail postage had been paid. https://t.co/8Hzo7l2hJj https://t.co/P480t2GmWt

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 1, 1837: PMG Amos Kendall changes the official seal of the Post Office Dept. from the Roman god Mercury to a horse and rider with mail-bags, symbolizing energy and speed. In 1970, a bald eagle became the seal of the newly created USPS. https://t.co/4s8iEpBVw1 https://t.co/pNw9jK8O0D

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#OTD #OTDPostal It’s May Day, aka International Workers’ Day, which commemorates the Haymarket martyrs who died fighting for the 8-hour day. It’s not a US holiday (we have Labor Day), and it’s never been recognized by a US postage stamp. (Maybe too red?) https://t.co/1psoNtFfI0

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 2, 1920, the first game of the Negro National Baseball League is played in Indianapolis, IN. The Major Leagues were integrated in 1947, and the Negro Leagues ended in 1961. They were honored with a stamp on July 15, 2010. https://t.co/6NroWG9pdu https://t.co/tfuNfDXr9O

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 3, 1802, Congress, at request of PMG Gideon Granger after the Haitian Revolution stirs fears of a slave revolt, declares only “a free white person shall be employed in carrying the mail” — a prohibition that endured till March 3, 1865. https://t.co/K9kz3FItNC

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#OTD #OTDPostal: May 4, 1943, PMG Frank Walker establishes a system adding delivery zone numbers to city addresses to help new postal employees sort mail after thousands of experienced employees join the war effort. (Zip codes came later in 1963.) https://t.co/LHevjMOBc7 https://t.co/JQCKMuj36y

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 5, 1699, William and Mary extend the 1692 act establishing a postal system in the American colonies, so as to encourage “the mutual correspondence” of the colonies and plantations and to “promote the trade and wealth of each other.” https://t.co/xtYOSe63QB https://t.co/ESf7zd9abO

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 6, 1840, First day of sale for the world’s first government-printed postage stamp — the Penny Black. Issued by Great Britain, it featured a portrait of Queen Victoria. The U.S. issued its first stamps in 1847. https://t.co/DLY1NoNOMk

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 7, 1833: Abraham Lincoln, age 24, is appointed Postmaster of New Salem, IL. If someone did not collect their mail at the PO, he delivered it himself, carrying the mail in his hat. He served until the office was closed on May 30, 1836. https://t.co/S0lIxVvN99 https://t.co/bj43OFRBW7

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 8, 1794, Congress passes Act continuing the Post Office . The Constitution (1789) gave Congress power to create post offices; the Act of 1792 approved only the “temporary establishment of the Post Office.” https://t.co/neBNXX1XJk

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 9, 1918, the US War Department creates the Military Postal Express Service (MPES) to handle military mail in Europe during World War I. It was the first postal system in the world to be created by an Army. https://t.co/DPTbVK4mRF

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 10, 1913, Newly-appointed PMG Albert Burleson rescinds previous PMG’s order (issued 10 weeks before) to paint collection boxes red because they were being confused with fire alarms and police call boxes. https://t.co/EQn4igI8ig https://t.co/Wh28io4Hrv

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 11, 2020, John Oliver, responding to Trump calling the Post Office “a joke,” explains why the USPS is on “the brink of collapse” and how it’s been a “Republican punching bag” for years. https://t.co/3o4Cut8iDa via @BostonDotCom

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 12, 1873, US Post Office issues its first postal card (aka stamped card, with preprinted postage, as opposed to postcards, which don’t bear postage) in Springfield MA. They were a big hit: 31 million sold nationwide in first 2 months. https://t.co/y8h9Iq05bX https://t.co/8fwq5w3cNT

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 13, 1918, US issues its first airmail stamp, featuring the Curtiss Jenny, after a rush to print causes the famous inverted Jenny stamp. On May 15, the first scheduled airmail flight left Wash. DC. It crashed and was found upside down. https://t.co/MuT77Xkb7t

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 14, 1918, Stamp collector William Robey discovers the Inverted Jenny. He knew to look for it because of the potential for inverts associated with bi-color printing. A plate block will be auctioned in June; expected price, $5-7 million. https://t.co/fnf9JDAcEF

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 15, 1918, the Post Office Department begins scheduled airmail service between New York and Washington, DC — the first airmail route in the United States — intended in part to demonstrate that commercial aviation was “a possibility.” https://t.co/XkaCcY4onX https://t.co/jtsguhgFdY

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 16, 1998, William J. Henderson becomes PMG. He contracted out $7.2 billion to FedEx to sort & carry mail, and later wrote “such alliances don’t go nearly far enough. What the USPS needs now is nothing short of privatization.” https://t.co/1ulZQPO9fV

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 17, 1966, Landmarks Preservation Commission designates the 1913 James Farley Post Office building, designed by McKim, Mead & White, a NYC Landmark. Its companion, the original Penn Station, was demolished in 1963. https://t.co/9c2QNQdKZP https://t.co/l4wiPBwoEr

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 18, 1848, Congress orders postmasters in major cities to submit financial receipts from any branch in the city, the first official recognition by Congress of stations and branches. (The first branch was in Wall Street, NYC, 1837.) https://t.co/Ur1vVROg2D

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 19, 1980, PMG William F. Bolger’s Task Force on Five-Day Delivery issues report saying cutting a day would save $588 million but drive away patrons and adversely affect service on the other days; it stops short of endorsing a reduction. https://t.co/PTQDYt97lz

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 20, 1939, the US Post Office inaugurates its official trans-Atlantic airmail service to Europe, coinciding with the 12th anniversary of Lindbergh’s solo flight to Europe. https://t.co/9cerKmS0BJ https://t.co/eIMsloYRp2

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 21, 2013, OIG issues report on “What America Wants from the Postal Service,” about a survey that found internet-connected Americans do not support cost-reduction efforts that would delay mail delivery, decrease Post Office hours, etc. https://t.co/Zi7IMntCMW

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 22, 1997, USPS issues Bugs Bunny stamp, to revive youth interest in stamp collecting. Critics said it trivialized and commercialized the stamp program. Warner Bros. got no royalties but put the stamp’s image on mugs and T-shirts. https://t.co/3yApvuzKcd https://t.co/VXtOZZILHb

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 23, 1918: Aviation pioneer Katherine Stinson becomes the first woman to carry US airmail. On her first trip she ran out of fuel and crash landed on a muddy field after flying 783 miles in 11 hours, a record for distance and endurance. https://t.co/tzeIkgsum2 https://t.co/mGUWUo5YSI

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 24, 1888, An act of Congress declares “eight hours shall constitute a day’s work for letter-carriers,” and if a carrier “is employed a greater number of hours per day than eight he shall be paid extra for the same in proportion to the salary now fixed by law.”

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 24, Hey, it’s Bob Dylan’s birthday, And I would send a message To find out if she’s talked But the post office has been stolen And the mailbox is locked Oh, Mama, can this really be the end https://t.co/OkFwiyBMfe

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 26, 1928, US issues its first-ever Airmail booklet, with a stamp honoring Lindberg’s historic flight. The stamps had been issued the year before and was extremely popular. https://t.co/mcf6AzRCVZ

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 26, it’s the birthday of Miles Davis, honored on a stamp in 2012. For a time in the 1950s, Miles’ sax player was Roger “Buck” Hill, who had a 40-year career as a letter carrier that inspired a memorable moniker: “The Wailing Mailman.” https://t.co/0cYILpJlpZ https://t.co/rWmPC7yr80

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 27, 1969, Pres. Nixon announces plan to convert Post Office Department to US Postal Service. “There is no Democratic or Republican way of delivering the mail,” he tells Congress. “There is only the right way.” https://t.co/JvdgnNri0n

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 28, 2020, Pres. Trump tweets “MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION.” https://t.co/gFEu3Nh86t (No longer available; account suspended)

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 29, 1978, USPS raises the price of a First Class stamp 6.5 percent, from 13 to 15 cents (53 cents in today’s money). Not knowing when PRC approval would come, USPS issued its first non-denominated stamp for the unknown rate. https://t.co/GWci9YKhDK https://t.co/tD0lVqFeAO

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#OTD #OTDPostal, May 30, 1836, Abraham Lincoln loses his first federal job, as postmaster of New Salem, IL, when the post office closes and relocates to Petersburg. A year later, when a govt agent came for the $18 left in the PO coffers, Abe retrieved the money from a trunk. https://t.co/b2W39KR5sX

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#OTD #OTDPostal May 31, 1861, Federal mail service to southern states is officially suspended following the proclamation by John Henninger Reagan, PMG of the South, that he would assume control of the Confederate Post Office Department on June 1. https://t.co/y8h9Iq05bX

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 1, 1869, The earliest known African-American letter carrier, James B. Christian, is appointed at the Richmond, VA, Post Office.

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 2, 1998, Clarence E. Lewis Jr. is named USPS COO and Executive VP, the highest-ranking African-American postal employee to that date. He started as a substitute city carrier in 1966 and received the Benjamin Franklin Award, the USPS’s highest honor, in 2000.

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 3, 1918, the first airmail flight was scheduled to be made between New York and Boston on a single round-trip basis. The plane crashed on takeoff. Pilot Gustave Vannelle and his mechanic suffered minor injuries. https://t.co/KOWKaRlRLX https://t.co/R1mMkBwr3h

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 4, 1918, the first scheduled airmail route, from Washington DC to New York City, (which began on May 15, 1918) is extended to Boston. Two days later an airmail plane crashed on landing in Boston. No injuries. https://t.co/XkaCcY4onX https://t.co/vxLHSblnW0

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#OTD #OTDPostal, June 5, 2015, USPS honors author Flannery O’Connor with a stamp. After a book she mailed to a friend never arrived, she feared her confidence in the USPS might be waning, and she was plagued by “fear and trembling” waiting for delivery. https://t.co/LHygMZgILs https://t.co/NJIG67sVkF

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 6, 1955, the US Post Office issues its first and only Certified Mail Stamp, US #FA1. It provided the sender with proof of delivery by requiring the recipient to sign for the letter or package upon delivery. https://t.co/XFoKgskuuq

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 7, 1997, USPS ends Special Delivery, which delivered a postal packet from a post office to the addressee immediately once it arrived at the post office responsible for delivering it, rather than waiting for the next regular delivery. https://t.co/Yq9l4YvuKj

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 8, 1872, An Act of Congress authorizes the PMG to issue postal cards, for the transmission at a reduced rate of postage (one penny, half the letter rate) of messages and other short communications on “good stiff paper.” https://t.co/uGh97zEw8l https://t.co/o2cOeFvJqE

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 9, 1834, Senate committee report argues that residents of western states deserve postal services even when revenues do not cover expenses, which is caused by the sparse populations and poor roads in the west. https://t.co/Bn72KcY4Mz https://t.co/ziQh1oPmCe

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 10, 1840, Daniel Webster submits a resolution to the US Senate to “inquire into the utility … of a large reduction of the rates of postage.” Nothing came of it then, but in 1845, rates were greatly reduced and simplified. https://t.co/4QQ9MwsNek https://t.co/C8xqprAFYI

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#OTD #OTDPostal, June 11, 1897, Owney, a scruffy mutt who rode with the Railway Mail Service for almost a decade and became the nation’s most famous canine, is put down after attacking and biting a mail clerk. https://t.co/jX26MiuXXT https://t.co/IDvKP6ta6J

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#OTD #OTDPostal, June 12, 1657, The letter monopoly is introduced in America when the Council of New Netherlands passes an ordinance forbidding the delivery of letters on incoming vessels until visited by the governing officer, under penalty of 30 guilders (the cost of a sheep). https://t.co/V7x6gaQfRF

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 13, 1920, Washington Herald reports: “CAN’T MAIL KIDDIES – DANGEROUS ANIMALS.” The Post Office had finally ruled that children were not “harmless animals” and because of their potentiality for danger may not be mailed as parcel post. https://t.co/RkHLeFOSn6

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 14, 1910, Rep. Morris Sheppard introduces a bill authorizing the PO to investigate the feasibility of an air mail route. It died in committee. The NY Telegraph mocked the idea with an image of love letters carried in a rose-pink plane steered by Cupid’s wings

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 15, 1942, Post Office Dept. initiates V-Mail, in which letters to and from members of the Armed Forces overseas were microfilmed for transporting, then printed out for the recipient, reducing the weight and bulk of mail. https://t.co/cDL7OwyunK https://t.co/bkR5eSMVdY

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 16, 1970, Express Mail begins as a pilot program with the Federal National Mortgage Association in Washington, DC, and other cities. Shifts from pilot to a regular class in 1977. https://t.co/QRFtUf3Ed9 https://t.co/IAR0SHfatf

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 17, 1915 The tenure of Harry Truman as postmaster of Grandview MO comes to an end. He had served officially but let the needy widow of a Civil War veteran run the office as assistant postmaster and take his pay. https://t.co/S0lIxVvN99 (Photo: Truman in 1908) https://t.co/CRVzYMZwUx

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 18, 1918, Postmaster General urges employees to “Buy all the war-savings or thrift stamps you think you can afford, and then keep on buying. Induce others to buy…. Buy for your own good and for the freedom and happiness of mankind.” https://t.co/dQGhyXD3dl https://t.co/MsfeUf9BvW

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 19, 1782, Continental Congress passes resolution requesting executives of NJ, PA, DE and MD to offer a reward to recover mail stolen near Harford, MD, on June 16 and to “bring the robbers to due punishment.” https://t.co/xwqqCqseNm https://t.co/uUEbiIk59H

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#OTD #OTDPostal, June 20, 2018 The USPS issues its first scratch-and-sniff stamps, featuring frozen treats, despite opposition from the American Lung Association over concerns about the impact of the chemicals in the stamps on people with asthma. https://t.co/dXw4kW0sV3 https://t.co/GBlDIjxLvq

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 21, 2018 Trump administration releases plan to overhaul the government and privatize the USPS. First step: Create a task force. Its report six months later calls for relaxing service standards and slowing down the mail, a plan now being reviewed by the PRC.

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 22, 1946, US Airmail is carried by jet (a P-80 Shooting Star) for the first time, as part of a show to dedicate General Electric’s new Flight Test Center in Glenville, NY, and to show what was possible in the future. https://t.co/AwNXDKPmmA https://t.co/bpIlASDBP9

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 24, 1918 First airmail flight in Canada, from Montreal to Ontario, carrying 120 letters, struggles to get off the ground and never flies above 40 feet. It was weighed down by bottles of scotch the pilot was sneaking into Ontario, where alcohol was prohibited. https://t.co/jaD1IEEN3p

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 25, 1910: An act of Congress establishes the Postal Savings System in designated Post Offices, effective January 1, 1911. https://t.co/SfBjbsplzk

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 26, 1959, the U.S. issues its first joint issue stamp with another nation, Canada, to honor the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which both countries worked together to create. https://t.co/CBJHz3u8Ai https://t.co/OrMOyex4Vd

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 27, 1858 New Sam Gaty steamboat, carrying mail on the Missouri River, suddenly veers out of control near Arrow Rock, smashes into an obstruction, lists wildly, catches fire and burns up within one hour. https://t.co/ZCtCA7wJ9B (Image: the Scioto not the Gaty) https://t.co/xfjf7kaykY

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 28, 1828: At the age of 18, Roswell Beardsley is appointed Postmaster of North Lansing, NY. He served 74 years — longer than any other known Postmaster — under 20 Presidents and 35 Postmasters General. He died in 1902 at the age of 93. https://t.co/2kCJ2tzc4r

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 29, 1995, USPS issues pane of 20 Civil War stamps, 10 representing the North, 10 the South. Historian Shelby Foote made the final decisions on whom to include. Confederate President Jefferson Davis caused controversy. https://t.co/DxqAYUFiR8 https://t.co/VA7YWntjJV

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#OTD #OTDPostal June 30, 1977 The Railway Post Office makes its last run, on Penn Central/Conrail, between New York and Washington, DC, after 115 years of service. https://t.co/TK0fd9o8xe https://t.co/YVT0FVg6jQ

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#OTD #OTDPostal The Post Office Department becomes the United States Postal Service, an independent establishment of the executive branch of the U.S. government. Happy Birthday, USPS! Lots of other July 1 anniversaries as well. https://t.co/qd3sSpnHhU https://t.co/jdfeDWImki

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 2, 1899, the first known test of an electric vehicle for mail collection, when the superintendent of city delivery in Buffalo, NY collects mail from 40 boxes in 90 minutes – less than half the time it took with a horse-drawn wagon. https://t.co/cWRXrBvz8Y https://t.co/urDmWzMGnx

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 3, 1945, The 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion — an all-black group of the Women’s Army Corps — is sent to France to clear a two-year backlog of mail for Americans stationed in Europe. https://t.co/MmPjhisa3H https://t.co/Nj4eXhKIyD

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 4, 1976, USPS issues se-tenant of four stamps commemorating John Hancock’s signing of the Declaration of Independence. The image is a famous painting by John Trumbull (1756-1843), which shows the presentation of a draft, not a signing. https://t.co/LepkFx2q02 https://t.co/adQHE7Ge0Y

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 5, 1872, the first post office in Spokane, WA opens, housed in one of the shacks clustered near the falls of the Spokane River. https://t.co/FZX8xWzlCA

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 6, 1976, The first workshare discount is introduced, for First-Class Mail presorted by ZIP Code. Today about 80% of the mail is outsourced to pre-sorters, which pay much less than the USPS, which means deep discounts to big mailers. https://t.co/aKpVxTQLIy

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 7, 1838, Congress approves an act declaring all U.S. railroads as post roads, leading to a dramatic increase in the use of rail to deliver mail — a response to complaints that delivery was too slow when carried by horse and stagecoach. https://t.co/F1JyUpoYxW

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 8, 1776, the “Liberty Bell” rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. https://t.co/pyuTgnjAMG https://t.co/Wx8VH9oKs0

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 9, 2012 OIG issues report on Postal Service Contributions to National Infrastructure. The Post Office spread newspapers, organized stage coach service, operated the first telegraph line, promoted commercial air transportation and more. https://t.co/FYTsap3mwN https://t.co/V1iF0eKDz4

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 10, 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces establish the first Army Post Office in France. Post offices abroad enabled service members to vote by mail in the 1918 election. https://t.co/rvggps1phE

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 10, 2020, USPS HQ holds a meeting on work hour reduction strategies — no late or extra trips from processing centers, cutting overtime, etc. New policies cause massive mail delays and a dozen lawsuits over election mail issues. https://t.co/whgOelrtPh

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 11, 1940, FDR signs bill creating the Highway Post Office (HPO) system, in which clerks sorted mail while on transit in special buses, to serve rural areas that no longer had rail mail service. https://t.co/Q5bZeN8DVj https://t.co/8KbnZ09ftN via @YouTube

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 12, 1922, the U.S. Post Office Department issues its first stamp with an announced first day of issue. The first stamp issued under this new policy was #E12, the 10¢ Special Delivery stamp. https://t.co/ZXuH3AILAS

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 13, 1892, An act of Congress authorize an investigation into the “rapid dispatch of mail by means of pneumatic tubes.” The next year, tubes were used to transport mail beneath Philadelphia’s streets, later NYC & other cities. https://t.co/H5Pb2xIMZP

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 14, 1912, Legendary folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie is born in Okemah, OK. He was honored with a stamp in 1998. https://t.co/D0m38AScAn https://t.co/gZlgtR1OF9

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 15, 1918, Congress authorizes reduction of airmail postage from 24 cents per ounce to 16 cents ($2.88 in today’s $), but the public was reluctant to pay more for service that was just a few hours quicker than regular service by train. https://t.co/DbtJAycKCV

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 16, 1995, Amazon opens for business as an online bookseller. It’s now worth over $250 billion, and it’s the Postal Service’s largest customer, spending almost $4 billion with USPS in FY19 (probably much more now due to the pandemic). https://t.co/jBhP2z4vOi

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 17, 1862, Congress authorizes the use of postage stamps as “fractional currency” to address the shortage of gold, silver and copper coins for pocket change caused by hoarding (citizens had lost faith in paper money). https://t.co/SPLO5MKyRN https://t.co/wzVWPRvE6O

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 18, 1927, The Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb, gets his 4,000th hit, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics against his former team, the Detroit Tigers. He was honored on a USPS stamp in 2000. https://t.co/pR5Q7eOUsD https://t.co/mXOW2YhbVa

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 19, 1919 Air Mail Service pilot Charles W. Lamborn dies in plane crash in heavy fog in the treacherous Pennsylvania mountainous area known by pilots as “Hell’s Stretch.” He’d been on the job for five weeks. https://t.co/ZNIy7CI2Vs https://t.co/tRD9LJBJI6

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 20, 1971, the newly created USPS signs its first contract with the postal workers unions (APWU, NALC, NRLCA and NPMHU), 17 months after the Great Postal Strike that led to the Postal Reorganization Act and the creation of the USPS. https://t.co/qc2RMtJyDT

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 21, 1899, Ernest Hemingway is born in Oak Park, IL. He was honored on a USPS stamp in 1989. The Old Post Office and Custom House in Key West is now a museum that has a regular exhibit on Hemingway. https://t.co/PwBbl8sEuP https://t.co/EVuy2vWaok

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 22, 1969: The crew of Apollo 11 cancels the first piece of mail carried to the moon with a postmark reading “Moon Landing, U.S.A.” The postmark was dated July 20, but the first chance the crew had to cancel the envelope was two days later on the way home. https://t.co/YLDZj8tGls

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 23, 1867, The first post office is established in Alaska, in Sitka. The first postmaster, John H. Kindaid, was the first U.S. official to hold office in Alaska. He later become governor. Mail would arrive on steamer from CA and be moved inland on dog sled. https://t.co/h4s4ew6PIX

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 24, 1897, Amelia Earhart is born. In 1932 she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, carrying 50 pieces of “unofficial” mail to document the event. She collected airmail flight covers and sold philatelic souvenirs. https://t.co/bSOR76XprM https://t.co/mPkTy5s9Vs

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 25, 1941: Post Office Department begins moving $9 billion in gold bullion shipped as registered mail from the NYC Assay Office to Fort Knox, KY. It took six months to complete the delivery and earned $1.8 million in postage and fees. https://t.co/c5rJQLMMVl https://t.co/zqtHHGZaK6

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 26, 1775: The U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. He marked routes from Maine to Florida (later Route 1) and instituted overnight travel between NYC and Philadelphia. https://t.co/Mdf4BA7AOL

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 27, 1868: Congress authorizes the use of uniforms by letter carriers. The first uniform had a single-breasted Sack Coat … with five brass buttons … pants of same material with fine broadcloth stripe one half inch wide down each leg. https://t.co/0pDEKPnA1i

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#OTD #OTDPostal: July 28, 1916: Congress passes Act commanding “Rural mail delivery shall be extended so as to serve, as nearly as practicable, the entire rural population of the United States.” RFD began in 1893, but it took 27 years to become universal. https://t.co/DTLACLIshA https://t.co/RF61FxX4SB

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 29, 1835: A mob of white supremacists led by a group called the Lynch Men raid the post office in Charleston, SC to seize and destroy abolitionist publications by the American Anti-Slavery Society that had arrived in the mail. https://t.co/3tjsZ4WbK3

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 30, 1993, The National Postal Museum opens, in a joint agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the USPS. https://t.co/rUyU9BKw40

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#OTD #OTDPostal July 31, 2003, President Bush’s Commission on the USPS issues its report. While not advocating full privatization, “The Commission strongly recommends that the private sector become more involved in the delivery of the nation’s mail.” https://t.co/0DOTLQdPoc

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#OTD #OTDPostal, August 1, 1918, Pres. Woodrow Willson places the telegraph industry under the control of the Postmaster General to ensure continuity of service during the world war. Telegraphs like Western Union return to private sector on July 31, 1919. https://t.co/csVJRJcLgt https://t.co/6Z9iphgWXx

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#OTD #OTDPostal, August 2, 2013, PMG Patrick Donahoe confirms that the USPS takes photos of every piece of mail under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT) system, created after the 2001 anthrax attacks. https://t.co/eGTMEV0QPo

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 3, 2020, Pres. Trump meets with PMG DeJoy at the White House after weeks of attacking voting by mail and the USPS, then on Aug. 9 denies having spoken to DeJoy and later denies telling DeJoy to slow delivery to sabotage the election. https://t.co/Xsyx6Ssjm4

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 4, 1790, Congress passes Act to continue the Post Office for another year, having established it in the Constitution two years earlier. Annual extensions were necessary until the Act of 1794 continued the Post Office indefinitely. https://t.co/y8h9Iq05bX

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 5, 1884, cornerstone of the Statute of Liberty laid. Many stamps depict Lady Liberty but none more famous than the 2010 Forever, which used an image of the replica in Las Vegas, a mistake that cost the USPS $3.5 million. https://t.co/aXo774W04F https://t.co/VqrsOaeKqL

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 6. 2009, GAO issues report on “USPS: Restructuring Urgently Needed to Achieve Financial Viability,” and Senate holds hearing on “US Postal Service in Crisis” to discuss the impacts of the recession and dire need for postal reform. https://t.co/8A5Ezh5Hjx

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 7, 1775. It’s the 246th birthday of the US Postal Inspection Service, the day PMG Ben Franklin appointed William Goddard as the first Postal Surveyor to inspect the security of postal routes and regulate and audit post offices. https://t.co/00lmJfcX7D

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 8, 1894, Postal workers begin sorting mail on streetcars in Brooklyn, a service that began in St. Louis in 1892, to help speed up mail deliveries. (Back when speed mattered.) https://t.co/ENzQtxr169 https://t.co/6Z6pRWTNsH

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 9, 1974, Nixon resigns as president. Four years earlier, on Aug. 12, 1970, Nixon signed the Postal Reorganization Act, which created the US Postal Service and corporatized the Post Office, putting it on the path to privatization. https://t.co/tEI5cl42G0

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#OTD #OTDPostal, August 9, 1854. Thoreau publishes Walden: “I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it. To speak critically, I never received more than one or two letters in my life … worth the postage.”

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 10, 1753: Benjamin Franklin is appointed joint Postmaster General of North America by the British Crown Post. He had riders carry mail by night, speeding service. He was fired in 1774 because he was too sympathetic to the colonies. https://t.co/4S16WKGYwB https://t.co/DsFCc2mHs4

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 11, 1848, Senate passes a bill, introduced in the House by Rep. Abraham Lincoln, to establish postal routes in the south and southwest, a matter of fierce debate because it involved the extension of slavery. https://t.co/IJBN8FRovG https://t.co/NNyAJe3h6f

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 12, 1970, Nixon signs the Postal Reorganization Act, which replaces the cabinet-level Post Office Department with the quasi-independent U.S. Postal Service. https://t.co/ytOIAsd237

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 13, 1939, Smithsonian’s “The World Is Yours” radio show broadcasts episode on “Early Air Mail,” in which the Asst. PMG explains to a youngster why planes are faster than trucks and trains for transporting mail to destinations west. https://t.co/3KCNDeYE0v

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 14, 2003, Northeast Blackout leaves 50 million people without power for up to two days, Postal Service says mail delivery was suspended in many places and customers should expect delays of a day or two. https://t.co/ER6VKFzXf3

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 15, 1899, Rural free delivery begins in Utah, and on same day in 1900, rural free delivery begins in Oklahoma. Despite opposition from private carriers and local shopkeepers, RFD was everywhere by 1902. https://t.co/oAXDMY5OGA

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 16, 1896, The Gold Rush begins when gold is discovered in a Klondike River tributary. “California’s population exploded, and so did the need for connecting this population with the rest of the country – through the U.S. Mail.” https://t.co/FgcF1EqYJc

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@OTD #OTDPostal, August 17, 1859, the first airmail in the U.S. is carried by balloon, from Lafayette, Indiana, headed for NYC, but due to bad winds, only made it to Crawfordsville, 30 miles away. The local newspaper called the trip “trans-county-nental.” https://t.co/ErpxI309XS https://t.co/eQWEWAfjHo

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment is passed, guaranteeing the right of women to vote. The event has been honored by the Post Office with three stamps. https://t.co/ecsUtFvbbm https://t.co/KNMa0xzhKB

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 19, 1939, FDR issues a presidential proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. The Post Office began flying the mail in 1918. It will curtail using planes for mail in Oct 2021. https://t.co/DbtJAxV9el

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 20, 1986, The Edmond, OK post office shooting: 14 employees are shot and killed, 6 wounded, by a postman who then killed himself. The deadliest workplace shooting in U.S. history, the attack inspired the phrase “going postal.” https://t.co/0Mp6z7YDfR

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 21, 1862, Postage Currency is issued to make business transactions easier during the Civil War. Since the backs of the notes were printed in green, they were commonly referred to as “greenbacks. https://t.co/3cW2gpmltW

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 22, 2020 Rallies are held across the country on “Save the Post Office Saturday” to protest PMG DeJoy’s controversial changes to mailing operations in advance of the election. https://t.co/ULudjQnzlY https://t.co/DM44Zjw4id via @YouTube

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 23, 2018, President Trump issues memorandum instructing the Secretary of State to seek reforms to the Universal Postal Union (UPU), including changes to the terminal dues system. https://t.co/b3jiwnahQo

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 23, 2013, USPS issues stamp honoring the 1963 March on Washington (Aug. 28), at which Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. https://t.co/fRjTMIaErU https://t.co/bhfTO5bbPt

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 24, 1912, Congress authorizes Parcel Post, allowing the Post Office to compete with the four private express companies, which had come under criticism for collusion, overcharging, discrimination among users, and high-handedness. https://t.co/PlqNoCKdJ5 https://t.co/KETVKYhSda

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 25 is National Banana Split Day. This sundae was invented in 1904 by David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, PA. It was honored by a Forever stamp in 2016. https://t.co/HFlt7tl2eL https://t.co/bwiBXZb4zp

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 26 is National Women’s Equality Day, established in 1973 to recognize the certification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, granting women full and equal voting rights. https://t.co/lJIwJmObzz https://t.co/XppsBbPsqJ

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#OTD #OTDPostal Birthday of LBJ, who appointed a Commission on the post office. The chair, Frederick Kappel, tells Congress,“if I could, I’d make it a private enterprise…and the country would be better off financially. But I can’t get from here to there.” https://t.co/y30fCxFGVl

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 28, 1864: The first permanent U.S. Railway Post Office (RPO) route is officially established, in service between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa, with mail sorted to and received from each post office along the route. https://t.co/z3SIqP1TVo

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 28, 1907. UPS founded by two teenage entrepreneurs, in a Seattle basement with a $100 loan. Initially named American Messenger Company, it was changed to United Parcel Service in 1919. https://t.co/Vz2zoXn2hj

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans. By the next day, 500 post offices had been damaged. The USPS was able to establish limited services in a few days, but restoring full services took weeks. https://t.co/muHiCqzZ9y

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#OTD #OTDPostal August 31, 1852, the Postal Act 1852 requires private express companies to use envelopes created by the Post Office. (Envelopes were uncommon because postage was based on the number of sheets of paper and an envelope counted as a sheet.) https://t.co/GFl5VEgiNk

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 1, 1920, Max Miller, the first pilot hired by the US Air Mail Service, dies, along with his mechanic, in a plane crash (caused by a fuel line leak) carrying mail from Long Island to Cleveland. https://t.co/jDjcuTeg74 https://t.co/TFMbqVRplg

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 2, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur accepts the surrender of Japan, officially ending WW II. On Sept. 2, 1995, the 50th anniversary of V-J Day, or Victory Over Japan Day, was commemorated with a stamp series. https://t.co/c3n20xPbW1 https://t.co/ojNAms11IY

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the Revolutionary War. Former PMG Benjamin Franklin helps negotiate and signs the Treaty, which was commemorated by a stamp in 1983. https://t.co/GhOIzyz9Wv https://t.co/27IGBNOxvG https://t.co/VfmMRm14dO

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 4, 1890, President Harrison creates the US Board on Geographic Names. Its first report criticizes the Post Office Dept. for causing confusion in thousands of cases where the name of the post office isn’t the name of the place. https://t.co/y8h9Iq05bX https://t.co/qqTJtspz16

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 5, 1957, Kerouac’s “On the Road” is published. Outside Shelton, NE: “I had a cold. I bought cough drops in a rickety Indian store of some kind. I went to the little two-by-four post office and wrote my aunt a penny postcard. We went back to the gray road.”

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 6 is Labor Day, made a national holiday in 1894 after Pres. Cleveland sent troops to stop a railroad strike: “If it takes the entire army and navy of the United States to deliver a post card in Chicago, that card will be delivered.” https://t.co/tApIASgJQv

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#OTD #OTDPostal September 7 is National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day, commemorating the opening of the New York Farley Post Office on Sept. 7, 1914. Celebrate it by thanking a postal worker. https://t.co/7ip4DcfEs3

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 8, 1920, airmail service is established between Omaha and San Francisco, completing the goal of providing transcontinental airmail, New York to SF. Due to the lack of ground lighting, mail flew by day and went by train at night. https://t.co/zwwmxzqJmc

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 9, 1969, the Post Office issues its first ever jumbo-sized commemorative stamp, honoring the 1969 moon landing. Collectors said putting a living person on a stamp violated federal law, but the PO said it was simply a “spaceman.” https://t.co/S79b6gtFWu

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 10, 1813, American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeat the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. (“We have met the enemy and they are ours.”) Celebrated on a postage stamp, Sept 10, 2013. https://t.co/ZjIpeCyNtQ https://t.co/eLN5r5kPEQ

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center is destroyed in a terrorist attack. The Twin Towers had eight letter carriers assigned to them and an exclusive zip code, 10048. The zip is no longer used, and the new WTC is part of zip 10007. https://t.co/QjXyuN38uw

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 12, 1995, The Postal Service corporate logo, an eagle’s head leaning into the wind, becomes a registered trademark (after having been unveiled in Oct 1993). This “sonic” eagle replaced the “standing” eagle of the 1970 logo. https://t.co/y8h9Iq05bX https://t.co/p23ejmWDLr

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 13, 1978, USPS announces ZIP + 4 that allows automated machines to sort letters more efficiently, especially useful for bulk mailing. (The 5-digit ZIP was introduced in 1963.) https://t.co/nWDaE4Foj9 https://t.co/thb8heIxPB https://t.co/bT8FHUPUmi

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 14, 1920, airmail pilot Walter H. S. Stevens and mechanic Russell Thomas, flying a Junkers-Larsen JL-6 from Cleveland to Chicago, are killed in a crash near Pemberville, Ohio, in the latest in a series of airmail accidents. https://t.co/zVgddeN1Uk https://t.co/J65Qj7dRhj

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 15, 1858, Scheduled semiweekly overland mail service, from Saint Louis and Memphis to San Francisco, begins under a contract with John Butterfield’s Overland Mail Company. https://t.co/TnUmkx4i7X https://t.co/2TqbYVMxhy

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 16 1875, the Railway Mail Service introduces a new train, dubbed “Fast Mail,” “designed to expedite the movement of mail from the east (New York) to the west (Chicago) and cover the distance in about 24 hours.” https://t.co/UpH52cXL0r https://t.co/ZnHXHdw5mZ

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 17, 2020, Federal judge Stanley Bastian issues a temporary injunction barring the USPS from proceeding with planned operational changes, describing them as “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service.” https://t.co/cQ4prXpb4J

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 18, 1920, Airmail pilot Wild Bill Hopson, flying Cleveland to Hazelhurst Field, Long Island, with the wind at his back, breaks the speed record, making the trip in 3 hours, slicing 49 minutes off the previous record. https://t.co/Cydcoq1ZTw https://t.co/BYLQ8z7Jo8

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 19, 1995, Ted Kaczynski’s Unabomber Manifesto is published by the NY Times and Wash. Post. Postal Inspectors arrest him on April 3, 1996, after a reign of terror going back to 1978 that included several bombs sent through the mail. https://t.co/EQaRftfoxX

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 20 begins Thinking of You Week, an international movement to celebrate the joy of sending and receiving hand-written notes and greeting cards, launched in the UK in 2014 and brought to the US in 2018 by the Greeting Card Association. https://t.co/Lxl6U5AkMc https://t.co/UIPiIGbTnd

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace, celebrated on a stamp series issued by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in 2017, but not commemorated on any US stamp. https://t.co/SnrBvQKguU https://t.co/rh3Cl0ali5

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 22, 1789, Congress passes postal act continuing the Post Office as part of the US Government (rather than the Continental Congress) and making the Postmaster General subject to the direction of the President. https://t.co/y8h9IqhG3v https://t.co/vnku7zrt6e

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 23, 1911, Earle Ovington makes America’s first airmail delivery, between Garden City and Mineola, NY. He held the mail bag on his knees but couldn’t land that way so he dropped it from the plane, sending mail all over the air field. https://t.co/UeftSif12w https://t.co/ECoRDwVENd

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 24, 1976, Pres. Ford signs the Postal Reorganization Act Amendments. The law put a moratorium on post office closures, added restrictions on closing offices, and prohibited shifting residences to cluster boxes. https://t.co/OTyRiGATUv https://t.co/sifupR9V18

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 25, 1897, William Faulkner is born, honored on a stamp in 1987. After dropping out of U of Miss, he was its postmaster for two years. He spent his tenure playing cards, writing poems and drinking. His resignation letter is a classic. https://t.co/6uBBTzHrfZ https://t.co/eMMt3J38wH

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 26, 1789, George Washington appoints Samuel Osgood as the first postmaster general under the new Constitution. A couple of months later, he writes the President: “I find the business is more extensive and various than I had expected.” https://t.co/nFxHqwWEmN https://t.co/WINdCNWHfX

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 27, 1920, Airmail pilot Frederick Robinson dies in crash while flying under fog from Hazelhurst Field, NY, to Bellefonte, PA. https://t.co/NUnqdDgwqA https://t.co/gG3m8wJy7L

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 28, 1990, Larry O’Brien dies. As Postmaster General (1965-1968), he cancelled many “mail by rail” contracts, electing to move FC mail via air and road transport — a disaster for passenger trains, which depended on postal revenue. https://t.co/jw9gLzdVm6 https://t.co/pYCRln9Sc7

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 29, 1967, U.S. Post Office issues its first attached pair of stamps to have a continuous design. The Accomplishments in Space stamps (aka the Space Twins) honored the 9th anniversary of NASA. https://t.co/7BSUcWWSDp https://t.co/Dmjg1cQqOY

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 30, 1963, JFK appoints John Gronouski as PMG. He promoted the five-digit zip, proposed doing away with airmail postage, reclassified first class as a priority class, and worked to end racial discrimination against postal employees. https://t.co/TiAfHGaL2U

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#OTD #OTDPostal Sept. 30, 1955, James Dean dies in a car crash. When he’s honored on a stamp in 1996, the stamp sheet airbrushes away the cigarette hanging from his lips because the Post Office didn’t want to promote smoking. https://t.co/CBubJXBeYi https://t.co/G1CUXm9Kzu

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 1, 1896: The Post Office Department begins rural free delivery on an experimental basis in Jefferson County, WV. RFD quickly spread to every state in the nation and was made permanent in 1902. https://t.co/oAXDMY5OGA https://t.co/rINL1QOL3l

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#OTD #OTDPostal October 2 is #CustodialWorkersRecognitionDay. The USPS Maintenance Craft (APWU) has 40,000 employees, many of them custodial, responsible for maintenance and cleaning of the buildings and grounds of postal facilities. https://t.co/MsAWmFD4Q0

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#OTD #OTDPostal Ali Velshi (filling in for Rachel) reviews the history of using planes to deliver mail and interviews Porter McConnell, director of the Save the Post Office Coalition. (She’s Mitch’s daughter.) https://t.co/59KzLb7wyx via @msnbc

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 3, 2008, the Postal Service issues 42-cent America on the Move: 50s Fins and Chrome commemorative stamps (the second issuance in the series), designed by renowned automobile illustrator Art M. Fitzpatrick. https://t.co/BYM6HgK9C1 https://t.co/ZewQfIVUj7

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 4, 1922, US Post Office issues the last stamp series printed by the flat plate press, after which stamps were produced by rotary press printing. The 1922-25 series used distinctive colors and designs to avoid confusing postal clerks. https://t.co/rX3PrRRHmo

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 5, 1774, William Goddard, a Patriot printer frustrated that the royal postal service was unable to reliably deliver his Pennsylvania Chronicle, lays out a plan for the “Constitutional Post” before the Continental Congress. https://t.co/1Hr0G3Sp5V https://t.co/fKs6lysLC0

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 6, 1933, Admiral Richard E. Byrd and his crew establish America’s first Post Office in Antarctica, in the Little America base camp. The project was supported by FDR, an avid stamp collector who also designed the stamp honoring Byrd. https://t.co/ffuv8nGI3d https://t.co/GLpyjdaIyN

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 7, 1940, telegraph inventor Samuel F. B. Morse is honored with a stamp. The first telegraph was operated by the Post Office Department (1845), but Congress soon surrendered it to private companies, which saw an opportunity for profits. https://t.co/csVJRJcLgt https://t.co/ztndKiwyoV

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 8, 1871, the great Chicago fire begins, destroying the Post Office and Custom House, a supposedly fireproof building. The Loop Station Post Office and Federal Building, designed by Mies van der Rohe, now occupies the location. https://t.co/QJbw1PO3tB https://t.co/CZ4esUFjI9

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 9, 1874, An international treaty is signed in Bern, Switzerland, creating the General Postal Union, later renamed the Universal Postal Union. October 9th is now World Post Day in recognition of the contributions of postal workers. https://t.co/gJABWoyaLY

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 10, 1858, the first shipment of overland mail arrived in San Francisco, after a journey of 2,000 miles from St. Louis that began 24 days earlier and involved 2,000 mules and horses, 200 coaches and 1,200 employees. https://t.co/DPGvHpMPbZ https://t.co/mZ2U4pm1tI

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 11, 1975, USPS announces the end of Airmail as a separate class because domestic First Class mail was routinely using air transportation whenever practical or expeditious and there was no advantage to the extra fee for airmail. https://t.co/aicxFT5jzT https://t.co/RvT2elILru

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct 12, 1993, the new USPS “sonic eagle” logo is unveiled. PMG Runyan said the old eagles “were just roosting.” When he showed the new logo to postmasters, they said: “If we use that, we will have to improve service.” https://t.co/6XLNizulws https://t.co/osyd6cFDge

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 13, 1937, FDR speaks at the Dedication of the Post Office at Poughkeepsie, NY, jokes about helping to design it, and says it’s usually better for the government to own a building than to rent. “It saves money in the long run.” https://t.co/5NzoyhZy3M https://t.co/o9J3ag5boD

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 14, 1894, poet e. e. cummings is born. He & his wife Marion were noontime regulars at the Silver Lake NH PO. Wearing a long driving coat, fedora & white gloves, he’d wait outside, looking at the lake. He was honored on a stamp in 2012. https://t.co/EuxLXbGriB https://t.co/tagwjB8ISJ

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 15, 1951, “I Love Lucy” makes it TV debut. In the comic book version, in one episode Lucy mistakenly mails Ricky’s letter of resignation. She tries to get it out of the mailbox with a wire and then follows it through the mail system. https://t.co/OzkTKM9RUS https://t.co/AAZsHcRueW

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#OTD #OTDPostal October 16th is Sweetest Day, a day to be sweet by sharing a kind thought, a small gift (esp. candy) or a gesture of kindness, and to mail a card with a sweet message to someone you appreciate. https://t.co/4QfTOWgGZU

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 17, 1777, Continental Congress increases postal rates by 50% over 1775 rates. Think that was a big hike? In April 1779, rates were doubled, and by May 1780 rates were 40 times the 1775 rates. https://t.co/dlDyiiedc2 https://t.co/hseJcWo2zq

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 18, 1782, the Continental Congress passes “An Ordinance for Regulating the Post-Office of the United States of America” to ensure “the communication of intelligence with regularity and despatch” throughout the thirteen states. https://t.co/akcXuWoEnO https://t.co/PB1N3os5VV

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 19, 1914, the Post Office Department creates the Motor Vehicle Service and hires its own drivers and mechanics in response to complaints that contract drivers were recklessly disregarding traffic regulations. https://t.co/R5NbnF1x5J https://t.co/dU3e3p691U

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 20, 1960, America’s first automated post office opens in Providence, RI, equipped with machines to cull and assemble each kind of mail, plus face, sort, and cancel it by priority, as well as separate it out by destination. https://t.co/yBYxkE71XN https://t.co/8hIBAXxPcr

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 21, 1940 Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is published. The US Post Office declared the book “unmailable” because it was seen as pro-Communist (its American hero joins the fight against Franco’s fascism in the Spanish Civil War). https://t.co/fMgYZV3f4l https://t.co/jkUvbUHnsn

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 22, 1943 PMG Frank Walker holds a hearing to determine if Esquire contains obscenity. He decides it does and revokes the magazine’s 2nd-class mailing permit. In 1946 the Supreme Court overrules the Post Office (Hannegan v. Esquire). https://t.co/pYyCW8KcUs https://t.co/JPP55c207R

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 23, 1962, the Post Office unknowingly issues inverted Dag Hammarskjöld stamps with a white space next to the UN building. To prevent collectors from profiting, PMG J. Edward Day ordered a special printing with the error (Day’s Folly). https://t.co/8USb5N2e5X https://t.co/K4k73BUwwO

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 24, 1972, Jackie Robinson dies at age 53. He was the first baseball player featured on a U.S. stamp (1982). Two more stamps honored him (1999 & 2000), as well as a post office in Pasadena (91104). https://t.co/TRJnNR7tjn https://t.co/1o526SwBM1

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 25, 2010, Patrick Donahoe is appointed the 73rd Postmaster General. He reduced delivery service standards, closed half of the country’s processing centers, tried to end Saturday delivery, shuttered hundreds of post offices and threatened to close 15,000. https://t.co/bqL3Dyxatp

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 26, 1861 The Pony Express ceases operations, 18 months after it began, 2 days after the transcontinental telegraph line was completed. It covered 1900 miles, St Joseph MO to Sacramento CA, in 8 days. (It currently takes 4 or 5 days.) https://t.co/pOUcWNBQyl https://t.co/fM6YpkgDlI

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 27, 1787, The Federalist Papers are published. In No. 42, James Madison writes of the power of establishing post roads: “Nothing which tends to facilitate the intercourse between the states can be deemed unworthy of the public care.” https://t.co/Vpcp25qDqd

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#OTD #OTDPostal October 28th is National First Responders Day. They were honored in a 2018 stamp. The role of postal workers is discussed in the IG report, “The US Postal Service and Emergency Response: A History of Delivering for the American Public.” https://t.co/77wSOMP1Qv https://t.co/B7mP0TX7Pw

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#OTD #OTDPostal October 29th is National Cat Day (created in 2005). https://t.co/IsU9xrC8K8 A brief history of Post Office cats: https://t.co/uvObwXDa2I Cats were honored on stamps in 1988, 2002, 2010 and 2016. https://t.co/zK9eIxr7BP

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#OTD #OTDPostal Oct. 31, 1868, PMG Alexander W. Randall issues an order describing the uniform to be “invariably worn by the letter carriers while on duty.” A single breasted sack coat of Cadet Gray extending 2/3 the distance from top of hip to knee…. https://t.co/0pDEKPnA1i https://t.co/qZqGIPoXXO

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 1, 1864: Domestic money orders are first issued. They were popular among Civil War soldiers and then boomed with the immigrant population when the service was extended to foreign money orders in 1869. https://t.co/PESF9iPYOE https://t.co/L1tAedkjG0

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 4, 1948, T.S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize. Feeling uninspired, he once wrote: “I sometimes think it would be better just to be a clerk in a post office with nothing to worry about.” (Clearly never worked for USPS.) https://t.co/s4BMr3qNDT

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 5, 1639, Richard Fairbanks was made the first official postmaster in an American colony. His tavern house served as Boston’s first post office, though “no man shall be compelled to bring his letters thither, except he please.” https://t.co/tp5Sh5fszX

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 6, 1990, the National Postal Museum is created by an agreement between the Smithsonian and the USPS; it opened on July 30, 1993. The Museum’s excellent website is the source of many #OTDPostal tweets by @savethepo. https://t.co/jZUgg2PU24

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 6, 1940, FDR lays the cornerstone for the post office in Hyde Park, NY, a few miles from his home. https://t.co/PMfY5y7xc5 https://t.co/OoqngsnwmH

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 8, 1775, Congress resolves, “That all letters to and from the delegates of the United Colonies…be carried free of postage, the members having engaged upon their honour not to frank or enclose any letters but their own.” https://t.co/f86aKCg6iS

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 9, 1848, First post office in California opens, at Pike and Clay streets, per order of PMG Cave Johnson. Steamships carried mail from New York to California via the Isthmus of Panama. https://t.co/FgcF1EqYJc https://t.co/U0Si0VLubd

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 10, 1958, Letter carrier delivers the Hope Diamond to the Natural History Museum, sent by NY jeweler Harry Winston, who said, “It’s the safest way to mail gems. I’ve sent gems all over the world that way.” https://t.co/wNhVeBULRD https://t.co/uXqQawrMTp

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#OTD #OTDPostal, Nov. 11, 1919, first Armistice Day celebrated, made Veterans Day in 1954. The USPS employs nearly 73,000 military veterans, and it has issued more than 140 stamps honoring the nation’s military history. https://t.co/Js4BQUFDqm

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#OTD #OTDPostal November 12 is “Dia del Cartero” —Postman’s Day — in Mexico, a day when people give a small gift in appreciation of their local post man or woman. (USPS policy prohibits cash tips but okays gifts worth $20 or less.) https://t.co/rO7uyCYxhE

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 13, 1989, the 20th Universal Postal Union Congress opened in Washington, DC, the first time the Congress had convened in the US since 1897. The UPU sets the rules for the free flow of mail between countries. https://t.co/Kz9AjIQkYC https://t.co/ThL08fUl5O

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov 14, 1776, NYC’s Postmaster, Ebenezer Hazard, petitions the Continental Congress for a salary increase, noting his previous salary was “by no means a compensation for his services” due to the extraordinary costs associated with the war. https://t.co/y8h9Iq05bX https://t.co/ft9Fvt4ARt

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 15, 1974, the USPS issues its first self-adhesive stamp, an image of the Dove of Peace weathervane from George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Problems caused the USPS to give up on the experiment, but adhesives made a comeback in 1989. https://t.co/AqP064YHlq https://t.co/qRrFN6t7fN

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 16, 1920, The Pitney Bowes Model M postage meter becomes the first commercially used meter in the world. https://t.co/34HPn5RCwk https://t.co/2aJIaYdJug

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 17, 1916, Post Office sets a limit of 200 pounds per day to be shipped by any single customer (builders were mailing heavy supplies like bricks), and it also barred shipping humans (like live babies). https://t.co/QSJQvD92Y8 https://t.co/Yu8RZKCrbG

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#OTD #OTDPostal November 18 is National Rural Health Day. Millions of Americans, especially in rural areas where pharmacies can be far away, depend on the USPS for the timely, reliable, and low-cost delivery of their daily medications. https://t.co/mCr7vmsFMU https://t.co/xzvG0yeKcg

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 19, 1831, James A. Garfield is born. As the 20th President, he worked to purge the Post Office from corruption, and his assassination, after four months in office, helped create the postal exam. https://t.co/6nTxMBw9gr https://t.co/r4WlosFRha

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 20, 2004, The Priority Mail Flat Rate Box is introduced, as part of a 2-year experiment. The boxes themselves are free but may only be used for the paid Priority Mail shipping service. https://t.co/3a4C65DX9P https://t.co/LThglWnxyb

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 21, 2001, A 94-year-old Connecticut woman dies of anthrax sent through the mail, the last of five people killed in the attacks, including two postal employees. https://t.co/iCpq2Tbfrn https://t.co/8WCZmNa4UY

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 22, 1935, Post Office inaugurates the first commercial transpacific airmail service from San Francisco to Manila, using Pan American’s China Clipper, the largest airplane of its time. https://t.co/qZx2bhZ7dw https://t.co/0UPBTJbhYc

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 23, 1917: To prepare for a possible wartime necessity, First Assistant Postmaster General John C. Koons orders 15-day tests of women as letter carriers in eight large cities, and dozens of women delivered mail, “experimentally.” https://t.co/QorEWmrfr4 https://t.co/4BjGS7jLIU

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 24, 1902, PMG Henry Payne, who did not approve of married women working, orders that “a classified woman employee in the postal service who shall change her name by marriage will not be reappointed.” The policy ended in 1921. https://t.co/puYwZ9fRfT https://t.co/aNqvD1aMuV

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 25, 1928, Airmail pilot Tilden “Pete” Johnson, 21 years old, is killed when his plane crashes in a blizzard near Lebanon, Ohio. He was the youngest pilot of the United States air mail service. https://t.co/Y8LItKB50O https://t.co/mIUQefe1PZ

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 26, 1883, Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth dies in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1986 she was honored on a stamp in the Black Heritage series. https://t.co/guD0KHB3dH https://t.co/C8hocyz9jX

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#OTD #OTDPostal Gay activist and City Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone are shot to death in San Francisco’s City Hall. Milk was honored on a stamp in 2014, but the Post Office harbors a long anti-gay past. https://t.co/RjyhjDXZ4i https://t.co/FnyvLBxLTK

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 28, 1970, The first group of Postmasters, 51 men and 32 women, is appointed based on merit alone after the Postal Reorganization Act ends political considerations in appointments. https://t.co/MLB6oySfnS

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 29, 1832, Novelist and feminist Louisa May Alcott is born. She’s honored on a stamp in 1940, as is Little Women (in 1993), in which the March girls create a “Post Office” — “a capital little institution” that “flourished wonderfully.” https://t.co/8XAMeaF2bf https://t.co/TlktAYNBk3

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#OTD #OTDPostal Nov. 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain, is born in Florida MO. Honored on stamps in 1940 and 2011, he feuded with postal regulations, considering being a postmaster, and pitched the idea of a postal check (like a money order). https://t.co/vWZ5Z1hNZ5 https://t.co/EEwhCaEXA3

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 1, 1921, the US Post Office Department opened its Philatelic Agency to help expand the commemorative stamp program, keep track of sales and encourage stamp collecting. https://t.co/507SxhrVct https://t.co/pCnjYUJvXs

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 2, 1914, Harry Truman is appointed Postmaster of Grandview, MO, but in name only since he delegated the job and its pay ($50/mo.) to a widow who needed the money to raise her younger brothers and sisters. https://t.co/S0lIxVvN99 https://t.co/zhuYhMrZce

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 3, 1904: American artist N.C. Wyeth writes in his diary: “My last trip! Thank God.” Wyeth had carried mail out west on horseback for a couple of weeks because he’d been robbed while touring and needed the job. He painted postmen too. https://t.co/MNaehmk81U

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 4, 2018, Trump administration Task Force on the USPS releases its report, “A Sustainable Path Forward.” It recommends lowering service standards and using more outsourcing to reduce costs — the DeJoy agenda. https://t.co/eZ2Uxx2vZQ https://t.co/LXIu3R4fkh

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 5, 1933, The 21st Amendment is ratified, ending Prohibition after nearly 15 years. No stamp celebrates the date, but a stamp in the 1998 Celebrate the Century series honors “Prohibition Enforced.” https://t.co/akDQgjrnd8 https://t.co/oNXHXaBYnT

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 6, 1865, The 13th Amendment is ratified, officially abolishing the institution of slavery in the United States. Celebrated on a 1940 stamp depicting a Lincoln statue entitled “Emancipation” by Thomas Ball. https://t.co/rIlnnkBgOG https://t.co/PC4OdVzDRM

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 7, 2006, The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act is introduced into the House of Representatives. The first major overhaul of the USPS since 1970, the law mandated prepayment of retiree health benefits for at least 50 years and caused a massive debt. https://t.co/QMAVZvatJk

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#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 8, 1894, Humorist James Thurber is born. Honored with a stamp in 1994. In a 1932 New Yorker “Talk of the Town,” he told how the Post Office charged a penny to cover the cost of time for correcting a mailing list (no charge for time consumed in collecting it). https://t.co/J21yK2uvuR

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