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Postal HistoryFebruary 21, 2014
Benjamin Franklin was one of our Founding Fathers. In 1755, he also founded the postal system for the original 13 colonies and Canada, which were under British rule.
The first adhesive postage stamp was issued in Britain in 1840. It showed Queen Victoria on a black background and cost one penny, which earned the stamp the nickname Penny Black.
The Pony Express
The United States’ Pony Express established faster mail delivery between the East and the West. It lasted from April 1860 to October 1861. It was replaced by the telegraph.
Mail delivery by airplane began in 1911. Britain was the first nation to regularly schedule the service. In the U.S., it started in 1918. This photo was taken in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1927.
An increasing number of people are using the Internet to pay bills and send personal mail. The U.S. Postal Service lost $5 billion last year.