U.S. Postal Service By The Numbers

The United States Postal Service began on July 26, 1775 with Benjamin Franklin serving as the first postmaster general. Nearly 244 years later, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) remains, though much has changed. Evidence of the evolution of the post office can be seen in mail delivery itself. Since 1863, the mail has been delivered six days a week, but there was a brief threat in 2011 that Saturday delivery would be eliminated. Today, and ever since 2013, the USPS has added Sunday into the mail delivery schedule thanks to a package delivery deal with Amazon.

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Kate Mulligan