Chicago Post Office 1890'sNational Old Stuff Day!

National Old Stuff Day, on March 2nd, 2022, is the day when people across the country clean out their closets and garages, rediscover old treasures, and declutter their lives. This inspired me on a couple of levels. One, obviously, the United States Post Office is pretty dang old, clocking in over two centuries since Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General in 1775.

Did You Know?

  • Prior to 1775, Benjamin Franklin had a postal career of almost 40 years under the British? In 1737, he was appointed postmaster of Philadelphia by the British Crown Post while he also was the printer of the newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette. In 1753, he was promoted to Postmaster General under the British until 1774 when they dismissed him, for lack of better terms, for being too American.
  • Up until 1863, postage rates for letters were based on how much distance was between the recipient and the sender. They also calculated how many sheets of paper were included in the letter. So if you lived cross country from a friend or loved one, you would have been paying quite a lot more to stay in touch.
  • John Prine, Walt Disney, and Rock Hudson, worked for the Post Office. John Prine from 1964-69, Walt Disney from 1918-19, and Rock Hudson in 1947. In fact, several musicians, artists and actors worked for the Post Office before they were famous. Some have even been honored with their own postage stamp design.

Just For Fun Snail Mail

Another tip of the hat to National Old Stuff Day is the art of mailing someone a letter. In this age of technology, when is the last time you received or mailed someone a letter, just for fun? For me personally, pretty much the only things I find in my mailbox these days is invoices and junk mail. Make someone’s day – mail them a quick letter just to tell them you were thinking about them! Tip: you can use Postalocity’s letter templates to do type a quick letter, choose a fun stationary, and it’ll be in the mail tomorrow! Contact us today to learn how.

Happy National Old Stuff Day, everyone!

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