Tractor Mailbox
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stoneposse
N 35° 56.165 W 095° 53.059
15S E 239799 N 3980704
Quick Description: Located in Bixby,OK.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 11/7/2005 8:10:49 PM
Waymark Code: WM3HA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member °
Views: 145

Long Description:
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A mailbox in the shape of a tractor.

Post a picture of yourself with the tractor.

Significant Years in U.S. Postal History

  • 1639 Richard Fairbanks’ tavern in Boston named repository for overseas mail

  • 1775 Benjamin Franklin was appointed first Postmaster General under Continental Congress

  • 1777 Continental Congress authorized appointment of an inspector of dead letters

  • 1789 Samuel Osgood was appointed first Postmaster General under Constitution

  • 1823 Navigable waters designated post roads by Congress

  • 1829 Postmaster General joined Cabinet

  • 1830 Office of Instructions and Mail Depredations established, later became Office of the Chief Postal Inspector

  • 1838 Railroads designated post routes by Congress

  • 1845 Act of Congress created star routes

  • 1847 U.S. Postage stamps issued

  • 1853 Stamped envelopes issued

  • 1855 Registered Mail began - Prepayment of postage required

  • 1858 Street letter boxes installed

  • 1860 Pony Express started

  • 1862 Railway Mail Service began experimentally

  • 1863 Free city delivery instituted - Postage rates became uniform, regardless of distance - Domestic mail divided into three classes

  • 1864 Post offices categorized by class - Railway Mail Service inaugurated - Postal money order system created

  • 1869 International money orders offered

  • 1872 Congress enacted Mail Fraud Statute

  • 1873 U.S. Postal cards issued

  • 1874 General Postal Union established (later Universal Postal Union)

  • 1879 Domestic mail divided into four classes

  • 1880 Congress established title of Chief Post Office Inspector

  • 1885 Special delivery began

  • 1887 International Parcel Post instituted

  • 1893 First commemorative stamps issued

  • 1896 Rural free delivery began experimentally

  • 1898 Private postcards authorized

  • 1902 Rural free delivery became permanent service

  • 1911 Postal Savings System started - First carriage of mail by airplane sanctioned by the Post Office Department

  • 1912 Village delivery offered

  • 1913 Parcel Post began - Insurance offered - Collect on delivery (COD) offered

  • 1914 Government-owned and-operated vehicle service instituted

  • 1916 Postal inspectors solve last known stagecoach robbery

  • 1918 Scheduled airmail service began - Non-profit second-class rates effective

  • 1920 Metered postage authorized

  • 1924 Scheduled transcontinental airmail service began

  • 1925 Special handling offered

  • 1927 International airmail began

  • 1935 Trans-Pacific airmail began

  • 1939 Trans-Atlantic airmail began - Autogiro service started experimentally

  • 1941 Highway Post Offices started

  • 1942 V-mail inaugurated

  • 1943 Postal zoning system began in 124 large Post Offices

  • 1948 Domestic and International Air Parcel Post inaugurated

  • 1950 Residential deliveries reduced to once a day

  • 1952 Non-profit third-class rates effective

  • 1953 Piggy-back mail service by trailers or railroad flatcars started

  • 1955 Certified mail introduced

  • 1957 Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee created

  • 1959 Missile mail dispatched from submarine to mainland Florida

  • 1960 Facsimile mail offered

  • 1963 ZIP Code and sectional center plan implemented

  • 1964 Self-service Post Offices open Postmark simplified

  • 1965 Optical scanner (ZIP Code reader) tested

  • 1966 Postal Savings System terminated

  • 1967 Presorting by ZIP Code became mandatory for second- and third-class mailers

  • 1968 Priority Mail established as a subclass of First-Class Mail

  • 1969 Patronage eliminated in Postmaster and rural carrier appointments

  • 1970 Postal Reorganization Act signed - Express Mail began experimentally - MAILGRAM instituted

  • 1971 United States Postal Service began operations - Postmaster General no longer in Cabinet - Labor contract negotiated through collective bargaining, a first for the federal government - National service standards established - Letter cancelled on moon by Apollo 15 mission

  • 1972 Stamps by mail instituted - Passport applications accepted in Post Offices

  • 1973 National service standards expanded

  • 1974 Highway Post Offices terminated - Satellite transmission of MAILGRAMs began - Self-adhesive stamps introduced

  • 1975 Post Office class categories eliminated

  • 1976 Discount offered for presorted First-Class Mail

  • 1977 Airmail abolished as a separate rate category - Express Mail became permanent new class of service - Final run of Railroad Post Office on June 30

  • 1978 Discount offered for presorted second-class mail - Postage stamps and other philatelic items copyrighted

  • 1979 Discount offered for presorted bulk third-class mail - Postal Career Executive Service (PCES) established - New size standards implemented

  • 1980 INTELPOST (high-speed international electronic message service) began

  • 1981 Controlled circulation classification discontinued - Discount offered for First-Class Mail presorted to carrier routes

  • 1982 Automation began with installation of optical character readers - E-COM (Electronic Computer-Originated Mail) offered - Last year Postal Service received public service subsidy

  • 1983 ZIP+4 code instituted

  • 1984 Integrated retail terminals automated postal windows

  • 1985 E-COM terminated

  • 1986 Field divisions created

  • 1987 Stamps by Phone available - Multiline optical character readers ordered

  • 1988 Small parcel and bundle sorters deployed - Delivery point sequence processing began

  • 1989 First Postal Store opened

  • 1990 International business reply mail offered - Easy Stamp allowed computer purchase of stamps - Independent measurement of First-Class Mail service implemented - Wide area barcode sorters added

  • 1992 Remote barcoding system introduced - Area and district offices created for customer service and mail processing - Stamps sold through automatic teller machines - Flats barcoded for automated sorting

  • 1993 New corporate logo introduced - Postal Service sold First Day Covers - National Postal Museum opened in Washington, D.C.

  • 1996 Classification reform enacted - Standard Mail category created - Inspector General appointed by Governors - Postal Service released automated postage software via Internet - Self-adhesive coil stamps sold

  • 1997 Postal Service launched public Internet site - Robotic containerization systems deployed - Flat-sorters modified to handle newspapers and magazines - Linerless self-adhesive coil stamps offered - StampsOnline instituted

  • 1998 U.S. semipostal stamp issued

  • 1999 Delivery Confirmation launched - PC Postage introduced - Resolve Employment Disputes Reach Equitable Solutions Swiftly (REDRESS) implemented - POS (Point of Service) ONE began - AFSM 100 (Automated flat sorting machine) installed - Lance Armstrong of the USPS Pro Cycling Team won his first Tour de France

  • 2000 Report of the USPS Commission on a Safe and Secure Workplace (Califano Report) issued - External First Class (EXFC) scores reached record high of 94 percent for the first time

  • 2001 Business alliance with FedEx formed - Mail irradiated due to anthrax threat - Signature Confirmation launched

  • 2002 Segway Human Transporter used experimentally - Transformation Plan released - President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service established - Record levels of service performance posted for First-Class Mail and Priority Mail

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