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History of Rural Free Delivery

Rural Free Delivery

The Post Office role in United States development

Read More About It:

"RFD Country! Mailboxes and post offices of rural America" by Bill and Sarah Thornbrook

"County systems of R.F.D.: Patterns and postal markings of the 67 earliest systems, established in 22 states" by Edith R. Doane.



Interesting Fact:

The early rural mail deliveries were made by horse and wagon.

Study Questions:

  • What does 'rural free mail' mean?
  • Before rural mail delivery, how did people get their mail?
  • How has mail delivery changed since 1896?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about rural free delivery:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on November 17:

    1962: Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. is dedicated by President John F. Kennedy
    1973: In a speech to the Associated Press Managing Editor's meeting, President Richard Nixon claims, "Well, I'm not a crook."

  • November 17

    November 17, 1896: The first rural free mail was delivered in Wisconsin.

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