Saturday, June 26, 2021

How Slow Will Your Post Be?

In March the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy proposed that the US Postal Service change the delivery times of first class mail from one-to-three days to one-to-five days. He says the proposals would save the USPS $160 billion over the next decade.

The Washington Post has mapped out how the Postmaster General's plans will effect your post. In DeJoy’s USPS slowdown planwill delay the mail. What’s it mean for your Zip code? the Post has created before and after maps showing the percentage of mail delivered in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. It also has an interactive map which allows you to enter your zip-code to see how long your mail will take to get delivered to different areas of the country.

Under the new delivery proposals states west of the Rocky Mountains and areas such as southern Texas and Florida will be effected the most. For example 60% of first-class deliveries to Florida will take longer to arrive.

In 1899 there were five times as many post offices in the United States as there are McDonald's restaurants today. The Gossamer Network is an interactive map which visualizes the extraordinary expansion of the U.S. Post during the 19th Century. The map also provides a detailed overview of how the Post Office network was able to conquer the west over the course of the second half of the 19th Century.

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