Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Interesting Facts About The US Postal Service


The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The cabinet-level Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation and transformed into its current form in 1971 under the Postal Reorganization Act.





Interesting Facts:




  • Sometime before 1883 advertising for various products was printed on the back of U.S. three-cent stamps. 
  • The world's largest post office is the head post office in Chicago, Illinois. The smallest post office in the world is located in Ochopee, Florida. 
  • When stamps were first issued, they had no gum on the back.
  • If paste was not available, mailers sometimes pinned or even sewed stamps to envelopes. 
  • In 2008, stamp and retail sales at the Postal Store totaled more than $442 million.
  • Recycles more than one million tons of materials annually. 
  • Handles more than 41 million change-of-address cards each year as a free service to the 17% of the nation's population that moves each year. 
  • Delivers more in one day than FedEx does in a year, and more in three days than UPS does in a year. 
  • Operates a $5.5 billion transportation network that includes more than 200,000 vehicles and contract space on approximately 15,000 commercial flights daily. 
  • The postal service is listed by Fortune Magazine as 29th on a list of the world's largest companies. Working with an annual budget of nearly 1% of the United States economy. 



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