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pOs' tl, of the post office or mail service


Rowland HillRowland Hill
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.
Overland Mail CompanyOverland Mail Company
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.
Pony ExpressThe 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.
Universal Postal UnionThe 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, in 1950.
U.S. Postal Service in the 1960'sU.S. Postal Service in the 1960's, in Pictures

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