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Jul 01 2019 - 01:22pm
Today in History: Zip Codes Are Introduced
USA-Stamp-1973-ZIPCodeDespite e-mail, the United States Postal Service handles billions of pieces of mail and packages each year. Understanding the complexity of this government service, we look to history to appreciate how we receive regular mail and the efforts undertaken to strengthen the process. Did you know that on July 1st, 1963 the Zone Improvement Plan or ZIP code was introduced across the country to ensure that mail travels more efficiently and quickly. Originally the code comprised five digits; the first represents a certain group of states, followed by region or large city, then delivery addresses within a region. While the lowest zip codes begin in New England, the highest end in Alaska. In 1983, four digits were added, preceded by a hyphen, to indicate a more specific location, address, or delivery route, as an way to improve service for the growing population. The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning. Tips: 190701_SpecialSlide Images: *** Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.