Category Archives: Post Office

First Regularly Scheduled U.S. Airmail Service

Today in 1918, the first regularly scheduled airmail service in the United States was inaugurated over a route between Washington, DC, and New York City with an intermediate stop in Philadelphia, PA.  Advertisements

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United States Postal Service Created

Today in 1792, George Washington signed the Post Office Act, creating the United States Postal Service. Under the act, newspapers would be allowed in the mails at low rates to promote the spread of information across the states. To ensure the … Continue reading

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Standardizing Information Transmission: The Uniform Penny Post Established

Today in 1840, the Uniform Penny Post was established throughout the UK, facilitating the safe, speedy and cheap conveyance of letters.“At this time I did not stand very well with the dominant interest at the General Post Office. My old friend Colonel Maberly had … Continue reading

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First Regularly Scheduled Airmail Service

Today in 1918, the first regularly scheduled airmail service in the United States was inaugurated over a route between Washington, DC, and New York City with an intermediate stop in Philadelphia, PA. 

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Watching the Mail, the New Reality

“When you control the mail, you control information.”–Mail carrier Newman, Seinfeld Today in 1972, George Washington signed the Post Office Act, creating the United States Postal Service.             In 2011, the USPS delivered 168 billion pieces of mail, … Continue reading

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Information Gets Wings (2)

Today in 1911, French pilot Henry Pequet, representing the Humber Motor Company of England at the Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition in Allahabad, India, carried over 6,000 cards and letters on his Sommer biplane a distance of 13 km (8.1 miles) from Allahabad to Naini, India.

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Information Gets Wings (1)

Today in 1911, Fred Wiseman delivered the first mail flown by an airplane. It took him two days to fly from Petaloma to Santa Rosa, California (which he never reached with his home-built airplane), carrying three letters from the mayor and … Continue reading

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