More About National Thank A Mail Carrier Day
The motto of the Pony Express riders, who were the most famous early American mailmen, was “Neither rain, or snow, nor death of night, can keep us from our duty.” This motto is believed to be taken, in part, from a motto dating back to ancient times. The most popular variation of this motto is “Through rain or snow, or sleet or hail, we’ll carry the mail. We will not fail.”
In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post–the first organized mail service in America.
As the nation’s first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin established many of the conventions we are accustomed to today.
Postage stamps were invented in 1847.
On April 3, 1860, the famous Pony Express officially took off.
In 1863, free city delivery started, and in 1896, free rural delivery began.
In 1963, the Zip Code began.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give your mail carrier a big thank you. One way to celebrate is with a friendly smile or a token of appreciation. Let your mail carrier know how much you value them. And we appreciate the letter carriers who deliver the Town Planner calendars to over 3 million households nationally every December!