Long before email and junk mail, there was just … mail. Glorious, hardcopy, snail mail that communicated ideas, affection (and probably a thinly-veiled threat or two) via vast distances. Without the United States Postal Service, the country itself would’ve evolved in very different ways. In this quiz, what do you really know about the USPS?
In the earliest colonial times, there was no established postal service. If you wanted to send a letter to a friend, you might pass it to an acquaintance who was traveling to that far-off area in hopes that he’d make good on his promise to deliver it. Later, a rough, disjointed system connected major cities and a few towns, but a lack of standardization made service undependable.
The British Crown postal system later spread throughout the colonies. But as it turned out, the Crown post system was unreliable in its own right – and it offered zero privacy. Do you know why that might have been a problem during the days of the American Revolution?
In the 19th century, the postal service finally offered uniformity and a much higher degree of reliability, and the number of post offices grew exponentially. Since then, the USPS has evolved into a high-tech business that handles an incredible volume of letters and packages.
Grab your stamps and see if you can lick this quiz! We’ll find out how much you really know about the history of the USPS!