had already introduced radical changes in education when,
in 1837, he proposed the sale of postage stamps as a
method of prepaying for the mailing of letters, instead
of having the cost of postage paid by the recipient. His
proposal resulted in the issuance of the world's first
postage stamps in 1840.
On September 16, 1858, a coach carrying passengers and
mail departed from Tipton, Missouri. Twenty-four days
later many of those passengers, along with the mail,
arrived at San Francisco, California, completing the
first ever overland mail "run" from the
Mississippi River to California.
The Pony Express
operated from April 1860 to October 1861. Riders on
horseback carried the mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to
Sacramento, California, -- a distance of 1,966 miles --
in less than 10 days.
The Universal Postal Union
sets the rules for international mail
exchanges and makes recommendations to member nations to
stimulate growth in mail volumes and to improve the
quality of service for postal customers around the world.
The United States Post Office first tested three-wheeled
motorized vehicles known as mailsters in Miami, Florida,
U.S. Postal Service
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