Sunday, May 10, 2009

10 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail

Popular Mechanics reports, "On May 11 the price of stamps will jump another 2 cents, and in Idaho, the last continental route serviced by bush plane is about to be cut."

It goes on to say the USPS has changed its structure and delivery methods numerous times thanks to war, economic turmoil and emerging new technologies and takes a look at 10 of the geekiest ways the postal service has delivered the mail.

Included in the article by Chris Sweeney are...

  1. Mule Mail - 19th century-present

  2. Pneumatic Mail Tubes - 1893-1953

  3. The Snowbird - 1921

  4. Highway Post Office Bus - 1941-1974

  5. Victory Mail - 1942-1945

  6. The Mailster - 1957-1967

  7. Missile Mail - 1959

  8. Segway - 2002

  9. USPS and EVs - 2006

  10. Hydrogen Fuel Cell - Present

Shown above, a highway post office bus. Inspired by railroad service and designed to reduce lag time by allowing postal workers to sort parcels while in transit, the first batch of buses came equipped with distributing tables, letter cases and enough space to hold 150 mail sacks.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM