The U. S. Post Office Department dates back to the birth of the United States as a nation. However, not until the mid-1800s did the Post Office begin to regulate those significant aspects of mail delivery that we take for granted today: mailboxes, delivery trucks, and mail carriers. The advent of City Free Delivery Service in 1863 brought mail carriers, ringing twice, to every household in urban centers. With this new service, postal workers were granted the authority to request cities to pave sidewalks, install streetlights, number houses, and place street names at intersections. When Rural Free Delivery Service began in 1896, farmers finally received the same benefits as urban dwellers.
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