#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 24, 1862, Edith Wharton is born in New York City. She was honored on a stamp in 1980. Her novel "Ethan Frome," based on her years living in Lenox MA (her home there is now a museum), begins at the post office in the fictitious town of Starkfield MA.

People are already receiving their covid test kits. Apparently the fulfillment process of packing and addressing was ready to go when the website went online, and First Class takes just 3 or 4 days to deliver. But at 2 million a day it will take several weeks to deliver them all.

Betsy Cazden @Betsy_Cazden

@savethepo I've seen people posting photos that they've already received theirs -- very quick work, much faster than the 7-14 days promised.

For Q1FY22 (Oct-Dec 2021), on-time service performance for First Class mail was 89.8% — 5% below the target under the new, slower service standards that went into effect Oct 1, but package delivery did very well during the holidays, with 94% on time.
https://postalpro.usps.com/node/10554

#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 23, 1986, USPS issues its first commemorative booklet, which honored Stamp Collecting. A technical challenge, it was described as “the finest, most complex printing job to come out of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing” in years. https://info.mysticstamp.com/this-day-in-history-january-23-1986-2/

"Rising workforce quarantines and isolations have already affected mail service. On-time delivery rates for first-class mail fell to 84.5 percent the week of Jan. 14, the agency’s worst score since the pandemic began and well below its 95 percent target."
http://www.savethepostoffice.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/171-1.pdf

#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 22, 1969, Nixon appoints Winton Red Blount as PMG. He transitions the Post Office from Cabinet-level department to government-owned, self-supporting corporation. “It was quite a wrench," he joked. "One day I was a Cabinet officer; the next I was a has-been."

Roadblocks getting covid tests via @USPS: People are being told that orders were already placed for their address, or tests can't be delivered to PO boxes, mobile home parks, boats or rural addresses, or because they run small businesses from their homes.

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Why some people are having problems ordering free Covid tests

Thousands of readers have contacted CNN since the federal site, covidtests.gov, opened. The majority said the ordering...

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Chris Hedges talks with Christopher W. Shaw, author of First Class: The US Postal Service, Democracy, and The Corporate Threat, about the corporate assault on the U.S. Postal Service.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ4SGXGAsVw

#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 21, 1992, Stamp commemorates W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the most influential African-Americans of the 19th and 20th centuries. Jan. 21, 1994, Post Office issues a stamp honoring legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow.
https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/the-black-experience-shaping-education/web-du-bois

'He Has Made Things Worse': Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) hammers PMG DeJoy for mail delays and urges the Senate to confirm Biden appointees to the @USPS Board of Governors. https://youtu.be/ao87wW1ZBS4 via @YouTube

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