25 Surprising Facts About The USPS Not Many People Know

Posted by , Updated on April 12, 2018


With the USPS delivering mail to your residence every day except Sunday, have you ever wondered what else there is to know about this service? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The USPS has a long and proud history, earning a solid reputation and respect for its standards and professionalism, and it shouldn’t be any other way. Even in the age of the internet, mail is an important communication tool for business and personal matters. You know, like those Christmas cards you have to send each year. Curious to find out more about your favorite postal carrier? Here are 25 Surprising Facts About The USPS Not Many People Know.


In 1966, the Chicago Post Office, the largest post office at the time, came to a startling halt when 10 million pieces of mail became log-jammed. It triggered a necessary look at postal reform.

post officeSource: https://about.usps.com/publications/pub100.pdf

Over 200 federal laws protect your mail, making the USPS an incredibly secure government service.

uspsSource: https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-facts/top-12-things-to-know.htm

The USPS has their own federal agency called the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. As one of the oldest agencies in the country, they're tasked with the important job of investigating mail and protecting it.

postal policeSource: https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-facts/top-12-things-to-know.htm

The USPS has their own crime drama called The Inspectors. It's about their federal agency that investigates mail crimes. It airs Sunday mornings on CBS.

inspectorsSource: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/21/16-million-postal-service-has-spent-make-satuday-morning-tv-show-turns-postal-inspectors-into-crimef/355986002/

Public mailboxes weren't always blue. In the past, they had been many colors, including green, red, white, and others. They were officially changed in 1971.

USPS_mailboxesSource: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fun-facts-about-the-postal-service/ss-AAlCivC#image=2

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