Bulletins Emerge Online

Bulletins emerge online

With its first issue released on March 4, 1880, the Postal Bulletin is the oldest continuous publication offered by the Postal Service. To this day, the publication continues to provide updated information on stamp releases, procedural changes, fraud prevention information, and much more. With recent efforts by a non-profit group, previous issues of the bulletin are now available online.

Prior to 2009, archived versions of the Postal Bulletin are not available at http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/. To make them accessible online, a group of individuals and philatelic societies pooled their resources to create uspostalbulletins.com, a website dedicated to posting previous versions of the Postal Bulletin.

The bulletins range from a single page to more than 100 depending on the time period searched, with the older editions consisting of fewer pages. Some of the earliest releases might also be slightly more difficult to read given the age of the documents and printing techniques used at the time.

In additional to posting the valuable online postal resource, the website also has a searchable list of all Post Offices in the United States.

The site is free to access for all users.

What interesting items have you found in older versions of the Postal Bulletin?

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