October 2016

This Day in History… October 1, 1885

Special Delivery Service Begins

U.S. #E1 is one of the few U.S. stamps to be modeled after a living person.

U.S. #E1 is one of the few U.S. stamps to be modeled after a living person.

On October 1, 1885, the Special Delivery service was first available and the first stamp, U.S. #E1, went on sale.

Assistant Postmaster General Frank Hatton first proposed the Special Delivery Service in 1883. At the time, the Postal Service delivered twice a day in major cities. Private companies were used for urgent business mail that couldn’t wait for those scheduled deliveries. Hatton believed the companies were cutting into the Postal Service’s profits. On March 3, 1885, Congress approved the Special Delivery Service Act.

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