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Curbside Mailboxes: A Chronology of Size Changes

September, 2014
Author: Jennifer Lynch, Historian United States Postal Service


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Stamped Cards and Postcards

September, 2014
Author: Jennifer Lynch, Historian United States Postal Service


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Valentine’s Day Postcards and the New Woman

February, 2014
Author: Daniel Gifford


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The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: A Primer

July 24, 2013
Author: Kevin R. Kosar


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The Untold Story of the ZIP Code 

Published April 1, 2013
Prepared by: Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Service


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The U.S. Postal Service’s Use of Contractors to Deliver Mail: Background and Recent Developments

May 29, 2012
Author: Kevin R. Kosar


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Common Questions About Postage and Stamps

May 16, 2012
Author: Kevin R. Kosar



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Postage Rates for Periodicals: A Narrative History

June, 2010
Author: Historian, United States Postal Service


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The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: Overview and Issues for Congress

January 19, 2010
Author: Kevin R. Kosar


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The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act: Overview and Issues for Congress

December 14, 2009
Author: Kevin R. Kosar


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How Does the Sales Decline at the Postal Service Compare to Those at Large Private-Sector Business? How Do the Responses Compare? 

Published September 4, 2009
Author: Michael Schuyler, Senior Economist


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Electrification of Delivery Vehicles 

Published August 28, 2009
Author: Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Service


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The USPS Postal History webpage on “Moving the Mail”

has articles on the steamboat, mail by rail, star routes, pony express, airmail, unusual delivery methods such as missile mail and pneumatic mail tubes, and electric vehicles and motorcycles moving the mail.


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The USPS Postal History webpage on “Postage Rates and Historical Statistics”

has articles on rates for domestic letters, stamped cards, postcards, pieces of mail handled, number of post offices and employees, and more.


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Post Office and Retail Postal Facility Closures: Overview and Issues for Congress

August 7, 2009
Author: Kevin R. Kosar


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The History of Envelopes

Posted: June 17, 2009
By: Maynard H. Benjamin



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Listen, Look & Do  Program Evaluation Report

Posted: May 20, 2009
Prepared by: Jill K. Stein and Claudia Figueiredo, Institute for Learning Innovation



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The United States Post Office Domestic Postal Money Order System in the 19th Century: A Nascent Banking System

May, 2009
Authors: Terence M. Hines and Thomas Velk


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Is the Postal Service About To Eliminate One Day A Week Of Mail Delivery?

March 17, 2009
Author: Michael Schuyler, Senior Economist


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Naming Post Offices Through Legislation

February 20, 2009
Authors: Kevin R. Kosar and Pamela A. Hairston



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An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure: A Cautionary Lesson For The U.S. Postal Service From Great Britain's Royal Mail

February 4, 2009
Author: Michael Schuyler, Senior Economist


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Franking Privilege: Historical Development and Options for Change

December 5, 2007
Author: Matthew Eric Glassman
Posted February 2, 2009


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Postage Subsidies for Periodicals: History and Recent Developments  

January 22, 2009
Author: Kevin R.Kosar


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Parcel Forum Keynote Talk by Commissioner Ruth Y. Goldway, Postal Regulatory Commission Chicago, IL

Commissioner Goldway discusses how the Postal Service is beginning to change from what was once an insulated, unresponsive big-brother agency into an agency that’s transparent, accountable and a flexible partner of the business world within the broader postal community.
Posted October 8, 2008