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July 5, 2014

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Profile America — Saturday, July 5th. The month of July has put its stamp on U.S. Postal Service history. At the beginning of the month in 1847, the first Post Office issued stamps went on sale. A five-cent stamp pictured Benjamin Franklin, while one costing 10 cents honored George Washington. Before then, there were no uniform stamps -- a haphazard system of private postal services around the country had issued their own. And in 1963, the Postal Service introduced the five-digit zone improvement plan -- or ZIP Code -- to help speed mail service. That year, Americans sent nearly 68 billion pieces of mail. Lately, the Postal Service handles 160 billion pieces of mail annually, while nearly a half-million Americans work in over 10,000 non-Post Office courier and express delivery establishments. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.


Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 804 NAICS 492110

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: June 27, 2014