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Postal History Quiz

Beginners Level



Which person has served as Postmaster General of the United States?

Benjamin Franklin

Ulysses S. Grant

Charles Lindberg

Montgomery Ward


Stagecoaches carried both passengers and mail throughout the nineteenth century. Where were the mail sacks placed on these coaches?

Under the passengers' seats

Under the driver's seat

On the top and rear portions of the stagecoach

Every place listed above and a few more


While the Post Office operated the Railway Mail Service from 1864 to 1977, why did postal workers ride with the mail on the trains?

Workers sorted the mail, preparing it while in transit

Workers were stationed aboard railway cars to protect valuable pieces of mail

Workers stayed aboard the trains to load and unload mail sacks

All of the above


Owney was an interesting figure in the history of Railway Mail Service. Who was Owney?

The "father" of the Railway Mail Service

A mongrel dog

The clerk who could sort the mail faster than anyone else

A clerk who thwarted a mail train robbery


In the late 1800s which means of transporting mail in the cities did the Post Office introduce?


Pneumatic tube lines


All of the above


Why were rural Americans enthusiastic about the nationwide establishment of Rural Free Delivery Service in 1902?

They could get receive free magazines by mail

They could now mail their letters for free

Rural Americans no longer had to make long trips into town to receive their mail

All of the above


When did the Post Office Department begin its official Air Mail Service?






How are designs for stamps chosen?

By the President

By the Postmaster General

By the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee

By a random drawing of citizens' suggestions


What is the difference between a commemorative and a definitive stamp?

Commemorative stamps cost more money

Commemoratives honor a particular person, place or event.

Commemorative stamps are gummed, definitive stamps are not

All of the above


A particular type of stamp is commonly called a "duck stamp" because...

they feature images of ducks and other waterfowl

the proceeds go towards wetlands conservation

the duck stamps designate payment for waterfowl hunting licenses

All of the above


During the Second World War, the Post Office had to try and reduce the weight and volume of mail sent overseas to and from soldiers. How did the Post Office do this?

By offering people free telegraph and phone service

By photographically reducing letters, and shipping the rolls of film overseas

By limiting overseas correspondence to one page

By developing super lightweight stationery


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