How Did The Postal System Start

Last Updated on August 15, 2021 by Neil Mackengie

We assume it is perfectly natural for the government to undertake the job of delivering our letters and packages. But this idea of government service was very slow in developing In ancient times in Persia and Rome, the government did arrange for the sending of messages, but these were only concerned with government business. During most of the Middle Ages, merchant guilds and associations and certain universities maintained a limited messenger service for the use of their members.

How Did The Postal System Start

It was in the sixteenth century that governments began to have regular postal services. They had three chief reasons for doing this. One was to enable them to inspect suspicious correspondence. The second  was to produce revenue. And the third was to provide a service for the public. This last reason is practically the only purpose of the postal service today.

Henry VIII had a government postal service in England, and this was enlarged by later rulers. In 1609, no one was allowed to carry letters except messengers authorized by the government. But in 1680, a London merchant started his own penny post for the city and suburbs, and it became quite successful. So the government took it over and continued the service till 1801.

FAQ

Who Invented The Postal System?

 Benjamin Franklin was appointed first Postmaster General in 1775.

When did postal system start?

Short Answer– 1 July 1852 in the Scinde district. In 1854 the introduction of uniform postage rates led to the development of the first postage stamps valid for use throughout India.

Which country has largest postal system in the world?

Short Answer- India has the largest postal service in the world – and now it is stepping in to help deliver lifesaving medicines during a countrywide lockdown aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Which is the best post in world?

Short Answer- In 2020, Switzerland’s Swiss Post demonstrated a perfect performance compared to other countries in terms of postal development. Switzerland is followed by other two German-speaking countries in the global ranking of the best performing postal services, namely Austria and Germany.

Which country has best postal service?

Answer- Switzerland’s.

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