Wednesday, July 09, 2014
They had a plan for the future of paper mail. It was visionary. It was also naive.
Friday, January 18, 2013
When you drop a letter in a mailbox, how exactly does it end up where it’s supposed to go? We’ll find out how the U.S. Postal Service works and why it’s struggling for survival. Nancy A. Pope, curator from the National Postal Museum and organizer of Systems at Work, and Richard John, professor at Columbia University School of Journalism and author of Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse.
Monday, December 24, 2012
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
It’s the 100th year that the main post office in Manhattan has responded to letters addressed, “Dear Santa.” On Christmas Eve at the James Farley Post Office elves busily replied to letters and sent last minute packages to needy families in the area.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
The United States Postal Service is approaching a $5 billion default. Suddenly, officials are saying we might have to drastically restructure our mail program, but the post office says it could all be avoided with a vote by the House of Representatives. Is there a solution in sight?
Thursday, August 02, 2012
With the United States Post Office about to default on its $5 billion debt, they haven't yet received any help from Congress. Representative Dennis Kucinich, a democrat from Ohio, explains why he believes the default is manufactured.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Not to mention car pooling, biking, and walking.
TN's Jackie Yamanaka received a letter with the above stamp, leading us to immediately research its provenance.
It turns out the U.S. Postal Service has produced a series of stamps with eco-friendly messages. One of them encourages the use of public transit. The others exhort recipients to "choose to walk," "share a ride," "maintain tire pressure," and "ride a bike."
It's also possible to purchase a stamp celebrating American infrastructure -- like Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Just a tip in case you want to send some snail mail TN's way we haven't seen these in person yet:
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
If you haven't sent out your Christmas cards yet, you might want to get on it, quick. Snail mail just got slower. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it's going to end next-day delivery of letters, postcards and other First Class mail. The agency is looking to find $20 billion in annual savings by 2015, about $3 billion of which could come from various plans to shrink the network. But what will become of the letter?
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
In a Senate hearing yesterday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe called for Congress to take action to help the U.S. Postal Service pay its bills and avoid defaulting. In his testimony, Donahoe proposed cutting more than 120,000 jobs, closing 300 out of 500 processing centers and thousands of post offices around the country, and eliminating Saturday mail delivery. The Obama administration has proposed giving the USPS an extra three months to make a $5.5 billion payment due on Sept. 30.
Monday, September 05, 2011
The Postal Service may have to shut down completely by this winter, unless Congress takes action to help it make a $5.5 billion payment due this month. The postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, told The New York Times yesterday "If Congress doesn’t act, we will default." Donahoe has advocated cost-cutting measures, such as closing nearly 4,000 post office locations, laying off 120,000 workers, and eliminating Saturday mail delivery.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Thirty-four post offices in New York City are among those that could face closure under a new plan by the U.S. Postal Service to monitor 3,653 post offices nationwide to decide if they should be shuttered.