Probably nothing has been more effective as a civilizing and consolidating agency, than the way in which the American post-office has followed the settlers into the western wilderness, and kept every backwoodsman and squatter within easy reach of the world he had left behind him.
E.L. Godkin, editor, Nation
Mail was the core source of communication between individuals, government and businesses in North America before the United States even came into being. More than 200 years later, mail continues to boost morale in the military and make the goods of the world accessible to all. It has transported the national culture, promoting capitalism, migration, community, and identity formation.
In celebration of the National Postal Museum's fifteenth anniversary, this exhibit uses 15 items in the National Postal Museum's collections to examine important developments in the history of the U.S. postal system.
Created by Nancy A. Pope, National Postal Museum