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Neither snow nor rain : a history of the United States Postal Service

Leonard, Devin. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library HE 6371 .L46 2017 30775305531239 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 0802126405
  • ISBN: 9780802126405
  • Physical Description: print
    xviii, 316 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-299) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue -- The founding father -- Interlopers I -- Comstockery -- A businessman at the Post Office -- Into the sky -- A stamp collector at the White House -- Mount Semrow -- The day the mail stopped -- Interlopers II -- Going postal -- You've got mail! -- "Thank God for Amazon" -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.: Founded by Benjamin Franklin, USPS was the information network that bound far-flung Americans together, fostered a common culture, and helped American business to prosper. A first class stamp remains one of the greatest bargains of all time, and yet, the USPS is slowly vanishing. Critics say it is slow and archaic. Mail volume is down. The workforce is shrinking. Post offices are closing. This is a multifaceted history, full of remarkable characters, from the stamp-collecting FDR, to the revolutionaries who challenged USPSs monopoly on mail, to the renegade union members who brought the system--and the country--to a halt in the 1970s. An exciting and engrossing read, this is the first major history of the USPS in over fifty years.
Subject: United States Postal Service History
Postal service United States History

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Neither Snow nor Rain
Neither Snow nor Rain
by Leonard, Devin
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Neither Snow nor Rain


Named a Favorite Book of 2016 by the Washington Independent Review of Books The United States Postal Service is a wondrous American creation. Seven days a week, its army of 300,000 letter carriers delivers 513 million pieces of mail, more than forty percent of the world's volume. It is far more efficient than any other mail service--more than twice as efficient as the Japanese and easily outpacing the Germans and British. And the USPS has a storied history. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, it was the information network that bound far-flung Americans together, fostered a common culture, and helped American business to prosper. A first-class stamp remains one of the greatest bargains of all time, and yet, the USPS is slowly vanishing. Critics say it is slow and archaic. Mail volume is down. The workforce is shrinking. Post offices are closing. In Neither Snow nor Rain , journalist Devin Leonard tackles the fascinating, centuries-long story of the USPS, from the first letter carriers through Franklin's days, when postmasters worked out of their homes and post roads cut new paths through the wilderness. Under Andrew Jackson, the post office was molded into a vast patronage machine, and by the 1870s, over seventy percent of federal employees were postal workers. As the country boomed, the USPS aggressively developed new technology, from mobile post offices on railroad cars and Air Mail Service to mechanical sorting machines and optical character readers. Neither Snow nor Rain is a rich, multifaceted history, full of remarkable characters, from the stamp-collecting FDR, to the revolutionaries who challenged USPS's monopoly on mail, to the renegade union members who brought the system--and the country--to a halt in the 1970s. An exciting and engrossing read, Neither Snow nor Rain is the first major history of the USPS in over fifty years.
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