The snow is falling, the hot chocolate is simmering, and two billion Christmas cards are making their way across the United States to a mailbox near you.
Along with those troves of holiday greeting cards, the United States Postal Service will process 5,890 pieces of mail every second. That’s a lot of mail. Considering that, it’s no wonder that mailbox location, size, and durability are integral to keeping this process churning. And, especially during the holidays, your local post office relies on those mailbox details to keep your season merry and bright.
An important piece of mail delivery is ensuring that the mailbox you own is “Approved by the Postmaster General.” Mailboxes are subject to extensive testing before the manufacturer is approved to make them, and these tests help ensure that mail can be delivered quickly and safe from the elements. Estes Designs Mailbox and Streetscapes is passionate about ensuring the highest quality mailbox, and is proud to say that all Estes Designs mailboxes are Postmaster General Approved.
But, what is a postmaster, and why are they approving mailboxes? The position’s beginnings are steeped in history – with the assignment of Benjamin Franklin as first Postmaster General, the role is older than both the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. In fact, the word “post” dates back to the 1650s, when post riders would carry messages back and forth by mounted rider.
But, as the population changed, so did the industry. In 1971, the United States reorganized the US Postal System into what we know today, and assigned local postmasters the job to make sure all mail arrived in the right mailbox. They became, and still are, logistics masters.
This holiday season, give your hard-working postmaster a hand by making sure your mailbox is up to date. And, if you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas, Estes Designs has you covered – save 10% on all online mailbox orders now through January 6 with the promo code “holidays.” Or, search for your community and receive a local entire unit discount using the same code.
With the help of your local postmaster and a Postmaster General Approved Estes Designs mailbox, your mail will get to where it is going on time and hassle-free. Don’t wait – purchase your high-quality Estes Designs mailbox today.