Almost Yesterday: Zip Codes Implemented

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It seems like almost yesterday that the US postal system implemented a zone improvement plan for distribution of the United States mail. World War II had dramatically increased the volume of mail and in 1943 a series of basic postal zones were created. But by the 1960’s the character and volume of U.S. mail dramatically changed. There was a virtual explosion of business mail. By 1963 business transactions made up 80%of the total volume. Computers created a massive centralization of business accounts and suddenly it seemed book clubs, record clubs, utility bills, credit card transactions, department store billings, social security checks, and billions of magazines and catalogs made a faster more efficient system essential. In June of 1962 the Postal Advisory Board presented a series of recommendation which were outlined on April 30, 1963 by Postmaster General John Gonouski. These included the implementation of a nation wide system of zip codes scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 1963

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