Mail is perhaps one of the greatest inventions of mankind—it’s no wonder why World Post Day exists. This day is dedicated to celebrating and appreciating the work of thousands of postal workers all around the world.
World Post Day commemorates the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874. The treaty of Bern, a result of an international conference, was created to set uniform rules for the exchange of mail, ensuring carriers the rights to save money in different countries. This agreement has been amended multiple times, but its main purpose, to deliver mail to all around the world at a fixed cost, has been successfully completed.
World Post Day celebrates the importance of the UPU, as it paved the way for modern mail. Numerous organizations and groups are always striving to improve mail services, such as environmental protection and economic sustainability.
- With the introduction of the internet, mail has become less popular, but it still remains afloat and provides numerous services.
- Every minute, about 6 million parcels pass through all the post offices around the world.
- Stamp collecting is the third most popular hobby in the world.
- The oldest post office still in operation today is in Scotland. Founded in 1712, it is still going strong!
- The first woman to be depicted on a stamp was Isabella, Queen of Spain, issued in 1893.
- In 1916, one savvy businessman from America sent 80 bricks by mail to a neighboring city in various parcels. It was actually more profitable than delivering the materials for repairs. However, after this incident, restrictions were instated.
How to take part
A great way to participate in World Post Day is to send an email. This tradition has been slowly forgotten since we can now simply call people on the phone. Sending a paper letter is a great way to surprise a friend on this day! Another way to take part is to thank the postal workers for the work they do—it’ll surely make their day!
When is World Post Day celebrated in 2023?
World Post Day is observed on October 9 each year.