July 11, 1993 |
The U.S. Postal Service, riding a crest of spectacular sales with its Legends of American Music Series of commemoratives, will issue Wednesday a booklet of 29-cent stamps recalling four famous Broadway musicals. The commemoratives, 20 to a booklet, will depict scenes from My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Show Boat and Oklahoma! The stamp for Oklahoma! was issued earlier this year as a separate sheet of 40 stamps. The issuance will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Broadway.
September 12, 2011
By Bill Bonvie The 1997 movie The Postman depicted one man's attempt to reintroduce cohesion to society following the collapse of civilization. The hero, played by Kevin Costner, is at first pretending to be a postal representative of a newly restored U.S. government. Eventually, however, his charade morphs into a mission, as he inspires a group of young recruits to begin reinstituting postal service while battling a self-styled warlord and his army. It's not my favorite film, but The Postman does convey how essential basic government services such as mail delivery are to our very existence as a country.
June 17, 1988 |
Consider the possibilities, shoppers: 33 oak and mahogany desks, 40 telephones, 164 calculators, motorized drafting tables and 108 typewriters, all of which go on sale at 9 a.m. today at the U.S. Postal Service's Equipment Facility at Tenth Street and Pattison Avenue. The occasion is the first auction of excess postal equipment at the Philadelphia Division of the Postal Service. In all, hundreds of used and surplus items, right down to pencil sharpeners and doormats, will be for sale.
March 16, 1990 |
The U.S. Postal Service, which plans to increase the cost of a first-class stamp to 30 cents because it is losing money, spent as much as $10 million on conferences last year, including $99-a-person meals and a $12,000 reception, a government study reported yesterday. According to the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, conferences were held at resorts in Hawaii, Arizona and Florida, usually during winter months. Also, the Postal Service awarded bonuses averaging $5,564 to each of the 75 division general managers in 1988, when postal costs went up at twice the rate of inflation, the Washington Post reported.
August 12, 2011 |
A prominent Democratic lawyer and former member of the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service has been accused of misconduct for pressing postal officials to settle a real estate dispute involving a friend and political ally. Alan Kessler, a partner at the Center City firm of Duane Morris L.L.P., repeatedly urged Postal Service lawyers to consider settlement proposals and helped principals of a Sarasota, Fla., real estate firm to craft their position even as they were battling his own agency, said a report from the Postal Service inspector general.
November 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Senators announced a bipartisan plan Wednesday to help keep the Postal Service solvent and continue six-day mail delivery for at least two more years. The proposal would lift the agency "from the brink of bankruptcy," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Postal Service lost $8 billion last year and could report even larger losses when its 2011 budget year report comes out in mid-November. "We're not crying wolf here" about the agency, said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the top Republican on the committee.
December 10, 2008
IT WAS WITH concern that I read the recent Daily News articles regarding mail service. Employees of Philadelphia District of the Postal Service are committed to delivering consistent, reliable service to all of our 1.7 million customers. A dedicated phone line has been established for our customers to talk directly with a postal representative if they experience service issues. It will be open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The number is 215-863-5049. We've reached out to our network of business and industry leaders, and to the executive committee of the Philadelphia Postal Customer Council, to discuss and identify any service concerns.
December 6, 2008 |
The U.S. Postal Service has shaken up its Philadelphia-area management after a week of stories in the Daily News about late and missing mail deliveries. Frank Neri, the Postal Service district manager for the Philadelphia metropolitan district, was replaced yesterday by Jim Gallagher, a veteran USPS manager, spokesman Paul Smith confirmed yesterday. Gallagher "was postmaster here in Philly for six years," Smith said. "He's been in Philly virtually his whole career with extensive operational experience in both mail processing and operations.
December 21, 1993
Yesterday was supposed to be the busiest mail day of the year. That's what the Postal Service was predicting last week, given the track record of Christmases past. It's the day, typically, when folks face the music, as it were, and dump off the last of those rubber-banded stacks of cards and boxes lovingly stuffed with goodies for grown children who can't make it home for the holidays. To give you an idea of just how overwhelming the crunch is, the Postal Service delivers about 80 million pieces on a normal day. Around this time of year, the haul can soar up around the 300 million mark.
December 1, 1987 |
The U.S. Postal Service thought it sounded sensible: By cutting the size of the popular Christmas postage stamps, the post office would save money and everyone would be happy. So is everybody jolly? No, they are not. The Postal Service has been pelted with so many complaints about its Scrooge-size Christmas stamps that it's planning to return to the larger version next year. "Most of the people who use the smaller stamps and don't like it complain that it's too difficult to handle," said Hugh McGonigle, a post office spokesman with the title of Philatelic Programs Specialist.