Paper keeps the wheels of the postal bureaucracy turning. This paperwork organizes the system, ensuring coordination and communication. Information flows back and forth between the central bureau and offices in every corner of the United States. From issuing the latest regulation to documenting an employee’s retirement, every step is announced, executed, and reported.
In addition to internal exchanges, the postal service interacts with the government, contractors, and consumers. The local post office has functioned as the avenue through which the federal government reached its constituency through the mail, tax forms, wanted posters, and more.
Lynn Heidelbaugh, National Postal Museum