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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Updated on April 9, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The United States Postal Service

A short history

The USPS (a.k.a. Post Office, Postal Service, U.S. Mail) is an independent agency of the United States government. The service started in 1692. Thomas Neale requested to start it from King William and Queen Mary with the idea of sending mail colonies and plantations, and allowing people to send letters to other people. Ben Franklin established the United States Post Office on July 26, 1775 in Philadelphia. Mail was originally delivered on horses, and the name was the Pony Express.

U.S. Mail Now

The United States Postal Office is the 3rd largest employer in the United States. The 2nd is The United States Department of Defense, and the number 1 employer in the United States is Wal-Mart. However, the United States Postal Office is the number on civilian vehicle fleet in the whole world. They have an estimated 260,000 vehicles including Chevy/Grumman LLV (Long-Life Vehicle), and the Ford/Utilimaster FFV (Fuel –Flex Vehicle), originally called the Carrier Route Vehicle (CRV). For every penny increase in the cost of gas, the USPS spends an extra $8,000,000 dollars to keep their vehicles running. This means that the entire fleet of mail trucks uses approximately 800 million gallons of fuel, or 3.03 BILION liters! This also means that their budget for fuel is a whopping $3.2 billion. Mail trucks have seven digit code on the front a back of the truck instead of a license plate.


FedEx and UPS (United Parcel Service) compete directly with the USPS. DHL Express was also a big competitor until February 2009 when they stopped delivering.

Addressing an Envelope

To ship a letter inside the US, are 2 mandatory pieces of information the sender must put on the envelope.

The Address of who the letter is going to.

Postage Indication - This is usually a stamp, or a metered label. Something to show the letter has been paid for.

A return address is highly suggested.


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    • parkerk393 profile image

      parkerk393 8 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      You're welcome! I enjoy fast cars too. =)

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      apeksha 8 years ago from India.

      Thanks I love

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      parkerk393 8 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Thanks RK!

      Ya I love the song too John. Haha

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      RKHenry 8 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      Great little hub here. Very nice!

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      johnb0127 8 years ago from TX

      HA! I love the Stevie Wonder song.... Signed, Sealed, Delievered, IM YOURS! LOL