Delivering the Mail and More

The history of the United States Postal Service is rooted in a single, great principle: that every person in the United States – no matter who, no matter where – has the right to equal access to secure, efficient, and affordable mail service.

  • Delivery: Monday through Saturday since 1863 PDF | RTF
  • City Delivery PDF | RTF
    • Deliveries per Day PDF | RTF
  • Rural Free Delivery PDF | HTM
  • Postal Service Mission and "Motto" PDF | RTF
  • Santa Letters: Gateway to Kindness PDF | HTM
  • State Abbreviations PDF | HTM
  • Universal Service and the Postal Monopoly: A Brief History PDF | TXT
  • Past Postal Programs
    • E-COM, Electronic Computer Originated Mail PDF | RTF
    • Mr. ZIP PDF | RTF
    • Postal Savings System PDF | RTF
    • The Postal Service’s Role in Civil Defense during the Cold War PDF
    • Telegraph: Early Postal Role PDF | RTF
    • V-Mail PDF | RTF
  • Unique Deliveries
    • Hope Diamond Delivered by Mail PDF | RTF
    • A Letter, a Lad, and a Lizard PDF | RTF
    • The Bank of Vernal: The “Parcel Post Bank” PDF | RTF

For Even More Information

Visit our online photo gallery, Postal History Photos: People ›

Historic Letter Carrier Photo