When United States Post Office planes took to the skies in the 1920s, they had their own version of the roadway's yellow line. A series of giant concrete arrows and gaslight beacons helped point the way from New York to San Francisco.
Email has eaten most of snail mail's lunch, but computers are cutting into what's left by parsing the addresses of your packages and letters. When they can't figure out your scrawl though, it's squinting and guessing to the rescue, and the New York Times tracked down the few people left with that job.
It can't just be the United States Postal Service that's having a hard time staying afloat. Email and social networking is available all around the world, but maybe the USPS should take a hint from the clever Belgians who've created a collection of stamps that celebrate—and actually smell and taste like—chocolate.
The United States Postal Service announced plans today to end Saturday mail delivery later this year, as part of its spirit quest to become something other than a $16 billion sinkhole. Good! But it's not enough. In an age where we've already started to leave email behind, five days of bulk catalog and sweepstakes…
The USPS has a new plan to stop Saturday mail delivery. All accounts indicate email will still go through just fine.
The Post Office is dying, kids, hemorrhaging money while you fritter away your time with those emails. Don't you know that paper mail is safer? Friendlier? And can't be hacked... by terrorists?! That's what the USPS's new ad campaign wants you to think.
The Post Office is going to die, so says the old pony express. They're strapped for cash, probably defaulting on a $5.5 billion payment due this month and will shut down entirely this winter unless Congress stabilizes its finances. Sad. But we don't really need it anymore.
I had to buy stamps recently. It was the worst.
Heartwarming: An elderly actor used the internet to recreate the Manhattan apartment he lived in as a youngster, item by item. Not so heartwarming: it was a stunt by the Swedish Postal Service to familiarize old people with e-commerce.
I thought Google Map Buddy's ability to generate printable, hi-res versions of Google Maps was pretty neat but figured I'd never find a reason to use it. These Google Maps envelops, however, are definitely worth the ink and the effort.
The USPS is having a rough time lately, sending billions fewer pieces of mail each year and shutting down hundreds of thousands of mailboxes. They're in such dire financial straits they may need a bailout. And it's all our fault.
Not every gadget is salvageable, and sometimes the best way to deal with an old device is to just let it go. Here are the most profitable, helpful and generous ways to say goodbye.
I can't stand the U.S. Postal Service with their obsolete stamps and long lines, but they have actually come up with a useful service called "Mail Back" that allows you to ditch your old gadgets in the mail for free. Currently, postage-paid envelopes can be picked up in around 1500 post offices in 10 cites that…