On this date in 1792, George Washington signed legislation which created the United States Postal Service. It was called the Postal Service Act. Prior to this, most communications and correspondence were delivered via private couriers, and merchants.
Benjamin Franklin helped base the idea of the postal service, from the British postal service he had helped oversee. Based on Franklin’s recommendations, we created the Constitutional Post in 1775. During the American Revolution, then-Commanding General George Washington depended heavily on the postal service to carry messages between the Army and Congress.
The postal service was originally headquartered in Philadelphia, but moved to Washington D.C. in 1800, as it became the new capital of the nation.
The cost of sending a letter at the inception of the USPS? Anywhere from $.06 to $.12!
Want to know what it costs today? Just click here and download our postage reference guide!
A little bit of mail history on a Thursday in February!