On this day in 1789, the United States Postal Service got in full swing. The Constitution had just been signed that May, and the Act of Septemberr 22, 1789 (1 Stat. 70) adopted Benjamin Franklin’s post office model tested under the Continental Congress. Four days later, on today’s date, September 26, George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood the first Postmaster General under the Constitution.With 75 post offices and about 2,000 miles of post roads at the time, we were on our way.
In celebration, this Postcard Post is a little different. Here are United States postage stamps that have come my way on postcards over the years.
Yes, the American postal service is an unglamorous federal bureaucracy, but it has served us, the people, magnificently. It’s truly amazing how this national body sorts and delivers our large population’s mass of papers and packages throughout our vast country. The USPS was a major force in the development of America’s roads and rails, and has been the messenger in every stage of our lives, from birth announcements to condolence letters. “Systems at Work” is an apt motto–the jobs aren’t exciting, but the collective result is heroic. One of the best stories I’ve ever read in The Onion makes me laugh at just that reality. Check it out here.