A Short History of Mail Delivery

A Short History of Mail Delivery

A Short History of Mail Delivery relates the story of mail delivery from the messenger services of the ancient world to the wonders of instantaneous modern email delivery. Readers will learn about the first postage stamps as well as the beginnings of package delivery giants Federal Express and United Parcel Service.

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Table of Contents

Etymology of the Words Mail and Post – Page 1
Ancient Egypt Mail Service – Page 1
Ancient Persia (Iran) Mail Service – Page 2
Ancient India Mail Service – Page 3
Roman Mail Delivery – Page 4
Chinese Mail Delivery – Page 5
Genghis Khan and the Mail – Page 5
Homing Pigeons – Page 8
Richard Fairbanks’ Tavern in Boston First Recorded Mail Drop – Page 9
Albany Post Road – Page 11
Boston Post Road – Page 11
William Penn Establishes the First Post Office in Philadelphia – Page 12
1691 British Crown Appoints Thomas Neale to Create North American Postal Service – Page 13
August 10, 1753 – Ben Franklin Appointed Joint Deputy Postmaster-General Of British North America – Page 14
William Goddard’s Constitutional Post – Page 15
Benjamin Franklin First Postmaster General 1775 – Page 21
Franking Privilege – Page 22
Richard Bache Appointed Postmaster 1776 – Page 22
1777 – Inspector of Dead Letter – Page 23
1789 – Samuel Osgood was appointed first Postmaster General under Constitution – Page 24
Postal Act of 1792 – Page 25
Postmaster General joined Cabinet – Page 26
1823 Navigable Waters Designated Post Roads By Congress – Page 26
1838 – Railroads Designated Post Routes By Congress – Page 26
May 1, 1840 – First Postage Stamp Issued in Great Britain – Page 28
Private Mail Companies – Page 30
Mid-1800’s Mail Delivery Systems – Page 41
Barnabas Bates and Cheap Postage – Page 51
1845 Act of Congress Created Star Routes – Page 52
July I, 1845 – Congress Outlaws Carriage of Letters Between Cities – Page 53
Postmaster Duties – Page 54
1847 – US Postal Service Offers First Postage Stamps – Page 58
History of Envelopes – Page 58
1854 – Perforated Postage Stamps in Britain – Page 60
1855 – Congress Passes Law Requiring the Use of Stamps – Page 60
1855 Registered Mail Began – Page 61
1857 – Perforated Postage Stamps in United States – Page 62
San Antonio and San Diego Mail Line (Jackass Mail) – Page 62
1857 – Prepayment Of Postage Required – Page 60
1858 – Street Letter Boxes Installed – Page 64
Pony Express – Page 64
Experimental Rail Mail Service Begun – Page 68
Postal Act of 1863 – Page 69
Street Address History – Page 70
Mail Box History – Page 71
1863 – Postage Rates Became Uniform – Page 73
1863 – First International Postal Congress – Page 74
1864 – Permanent Railway Post Office System Established – Page 74
1864 – Postal Money Order System Established – Page 74
1864 – Post Offices Categorized By Class – Page 75
Postmaster Duties – Page 77
1872 Congress Enacted Mail Fraud Statute – Page 77
1872 – Congress Begins Investigating Star Routes – Page 77
1878 – Postal Union Congress – Page 78
General Postal Union Established in 1874 – Page 79
Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act in 1883 – Page 79
1885 Special Delivery Began – Page 79
1893 First US Commemorative Stamps Issued – Page 80
1896 Rural Free Delivery Began Experimentally – Page 80
History of the Postcard – Page 81
1902 Rural Free Delivery Became Permanent Service – Page 84
1907 – American Messenger Company Established – Forerunner of United Parcel Service – Page 84
1911 Postal Savings System Started – Page 86
1911 – Air Mail – Page 87
1913 Parcel Post Initiated – Page 89
Vehicle Fleet Established – Page 92
Addressing Machines – Page 92
Envelope Sealers – Page 93
Folding Machines – Page 93
Parcel Labeling Equipment – Page 93
Postal Scales – Page 94
1941 Highway Post Offices Started – Page 95
1942 V-mail Inaugurated – Page 96
1943 Postal Zoning System – Page 97
1953 Piggy-back Mail Service Initiated – Page 98
1955 Certified Mail Introduced – Page 99
1957 Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Created – Page 99
1959 Missile Mail – Page 100
1963 ZIP Code Implemented – Page 101
October 29th 1969 Email Began – Page 102
1970 Postal Strike – Page 104
1970 Postal Reorganization Act Signed – Page 104
1970 – Express Mail Began Experimentally – Page 105
1971 – FedEx Established – Page 106
1974 – Self-adhesive stamps tested – Page 107
1980 INTELPOST Established – Page 108
1982 – E-COM (Electronic Computer-Originated Mail) Offered – Page 109
National Postal Museum opened in Washington, D.C. – Page 109
1994 Postal Service Launched Public Internet Site – Page 110
2001 Business alliance Between USPS and FedEx formed – Page 110
2007 “Forever” Stamp Adopted – Page 110
Acknowledgements – Page 111
About the Author – Page 129
Mossy Feet Books Catalogue – Page 130
Sample Chapter – Page 131
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