Recently the shocking news that Saturday residential post deliveries will be dropped piqued my curiosity of postal delivery. Actually the new is not shocking and is about time in my opinion. Note, packages and prescription drugs will still be delivered on Saturdays.
Lisleman’s quick research (anyone want to sponsor my future research?) found historical documents at the Postal services’ web site usps.com. I sure most everyone has used this useful site for tracking packages or checking the escalating price of postage. My everyone-should-already-know tip == buy “forever” stamps. (when will a forever gasoline price be introduce?)
In one historical document easily available online I found this:
An order dated April 17, 1950, limited the number of deliveries in residential sections to one each day. It also reduced the number of deliveries to business districts by one on Saturdays only; businesses continued to receive multiple deliveries during the week.
It was before my time but households before 1950 often had the postman ring twice a day.
They also have (imagine what I would have found if this research had been sponsored?) many old photos related to the postal service’s history.
Those packages in that 1923 photo - laundry! In 1923, one postmaster estimated that 2 percent of parcels delivered by his carriers consisted of laundry. College students, especially, found it economical to mail dirty clothes home and have them mailed back clean. The typical “laundry bag” was a canvas-covered cardboard box 4½ by 12 by 20 inches, weighing six to seven pounds. In 1923, the weight limit for a single parcel was 50 or 70 pounds, depending on how far it was going.
My conclusion - doing laundry at college has never been common and most often avoided.
Quick extra points question (no google cheating).
Who was America’s first Postmaster General?
Of course my post is not related in any fashion or likeness to the novel/movie “The Postman Always Rings Twice”. If Saturday delivery had the level of sexuality that this movie did, then demand for receiving a hot delivery would keep the postal system running well for many years.
(oh still clueless about the question - hint it was not Jack)