Postal History

Explore the past, glimpse the future.

In the more than two centuries since Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General in 1775, the Postal Service™ has grown and changed with America, boldly embracing new technologies to better serve a growing population. We hope you enjoy exploring our rich history.

Significant Dates ›
Stamps and Postcards ›
Postage Rates and Historical Statistics ›
Photo Galleries ›
Postal People ›
Moving the Mail ›
Delivering the Mail and More ›
Post Offices and Facilities ›
Uniforms and Equipment ›
Additional Resources ›
Awards ›

Want More Postal History?

Postal History Cover

See our 144-page illustrated book The United States Postal Service: An American History. PDF


To order a printed copy, see “How to Order.” PDF