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By Colin Sallee

Ten facts you should know about the U.S. Postal Service

October 19, 2015 11:24 AM

  • Ten things you should show know about the United States Postal Service include fun facts such as a mule still being used in the Grand Canyon to deliver mail, and mail boats being used across the Detroit River. Both occur on a daily basis.

By Colin Sallee

1. Ten facts about the USPS

Mental Floss  recently posted a list of 10 things that we should know about the U.S. Postal Service. 

The list includes facts such as ...

  • Some routes feature mules as delivery vehicles 
  • There is a functional stamp cave in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Dogs do actually attack postal workers (5,767 incidents involving postal employees in 2014)

Read the rest of the list.

2. Pitcairn, Luxembourg, Switzerland honor stamp anniversaries

“New definitive stamps from Pitcairn Islands feature stamp-on-stamp designs of its first postage stamps. Pitcairn’s stamps debuted Oct. 15, 1940, and the new definitives were issued exactly 75 years later.

“Like many subsequent stamps from Pitcairn Islands, all but three of the 10 designs in the first issue feature Pitcairn’s heritage as the remote South Pacific island settled by mutineers from HMS Bounty.”

Read about Luxembourg and Switzerland's anniversaries, as well.

3. Holiday features highlight Canadian stamps 

“Two trios — one ages-old from the New Testament, the other newcomers born in the fertile minds of a Montreal artist and design studio — make merry and memorable Canada Post’s 2015 Christmas stamps, to be released Nov. 2.”

Winter animals and the Wise Men are both featured on these stamps.

4. Connect with Linn's Stamp News

5. Hot topics

Have a quick look at the top three posts of the last couple of days on Linns.com: 

  1. Monday Morning Brief | Stolen items recovered
  2. Poland wins St. Gabriel award for best religious stamp issued in 2014
  3. GAO report criticizes Postal Service for slower mail delivery, incomplete mail data