Pictured above: Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute
VAV!/February 8, 2014
When the Parcel Post System was introduced to Americans on July 1, 1913 its growth was astounding. Some 300 million parcels were handled within the first six months of operation. Its popularity was further increased after the allowable weight of parcels was raised from 1913's original 11 to 20 pounds to the weightier 20 to 50 pounds. Urban dwellers were especially fond of the new Parcel Post Service as farmers no longer had to convey their produce to an express office thus eliminating the added cost of transporting goods to the cities.