July 2019

This Day in History… July 1, 1863

Free City Mail Delivery

US #1238 pictures a Normal Rockwell drawing of a 1860s letter carrier. Click image to order.

On July 1, 1863, the US Post Office inaugurated its free City Mail Delivery Service in part in response to the Civil War.

Before the Civil War, postage only covered the delivery fee between post offices.  People had to go to the post office to pick up their letters during its regular business hours.  Or in larger cities, they could pay an extra 2¢ to have it delivered to their home or use a private delivery firm. 

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