U.S. Post Office Special Delivery Messenger Badge
Special Delivery Messenger Badge
A badge worn by postal workers who were charged with delivering Special Delivery mail and packages. Special Delivery began as a mail category in 1885 and ended in 1997, when it was replaced by the Express Mail category. Special Delivery was one of the few exceptions that allowed Sunday deliveries. For an extra postage fee, individuals could ensure a faster delivery of their parcels. Instead of waiting for the next day’s standard delivery route, Special Delivery mail was dispatched as soon as it arrived at the delivering post office. Carriers charged with a Special Delivery package would wear a badge such as this one.
Original badge: Private Collection of Texann Ivy Buck.
Buck, Texann Ivy
Is Format Of
Digital reproduction of original badge.
Is Part Of
Downtown Orlando Post Office Collection, Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
Downtown Orlando Post Office, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Civics/ Government Teacher
Copyright to this resource is held by Texann Ivy Buck and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.
Private Collection of Texann Ivy Buck
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"Letter Carriers’ Uniform: Overview ." United States Postal Service. https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/letter-Carrier-uniform-overview.pdf.
Leibowitz, Ed. "Special Delivery." Smithsonian Magazine, February 2004. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/special-delivery-106712600/?no-ist.