History of the U.S. Postal Service

The United States Postal Service has been in use since the 1600s, when King William set forth an order to the new settlement to set up a method for sending and receiving mail and other parcels. Since then, the postal service has become a symbol for sending in letters and getting packages in the mail for decades. In the earlier days, mail was delivered via horse, and soon thereafter other methods of mail delivery were used including train and airplanes. Today, even with the popularity of electronic mail through the Internet, the US Postal Service is a common way people mail bills, send cards and letters to loved ones, and get other items to people quickly across the country and all over the world. Whether it's a small postcard or a huge package, the postal service is available to people all over the United States to help them get their mail delivered in a timely manner. Currently, the postal service delivers mail Monday through Saturday. The postal service is considered a government institution, and all rates and policies are determined by the Postmaster General, along with the official board of members. The price (or face value cost) of a regular postage stamp has increased over the last few decades and may continue to rise depending on what the US government decides. While new competition from companies such as UPS and Fed Ex are emerging, the US Postal Service is still an institution that is commonly used, and still the most widely recognized.

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