Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“The Revolutionary Post”

From the podcast 99% Invisible, “The Revolutionary Post,” an episode about the development of the United States Postal Service. Did you know that until the mid-1800s, the recipient of a letter paid its postage? And that the prepaid postage stamp led to a boom in letters? And that post offices added “ladies’ windows” where women could pick up their mail?

I’m now waiting on a library copy of Winifred Gallagher’s How the Post Office Created America: A History (2016). In the meantime, here is a brief (unrelated) account of the ladies’ window.

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