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Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
February 07, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

This photo, titled, “Rural Free Delivery,” appeared in a 1905 edition of Popular Mechanics magazine.

The United States Post Office Department was created in 1775, by decree of the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin being named the first Postmaster General. However, it was not until 1896 that Rural Free Delivery was begun as standard delivery to non-city dwellers by the U.S. Postal Service. The idea of a free delivery to rural areas had been debated for a long time and experimentation with the concept was begun in 1891 amid a fir...

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