#Blogtober2018 Day 9 : Invitations/Letters #WorldPostDay

Part of being a blogger is reviewing items which are delivered to me, I just love receiving parcels and post. I also shop online a lot, preferring to wait in for my deliveries rather than going out shopping for them. I like waiting in excitement for the delivery van to park outside my house with my parcel or waiting to see my post-lady in the morning as she delivers my mail.

World Post Day

Today is world post day, celebrating the invention of the first global postal service. This first postal service in the world was started in Switzerland, named the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and was founded on 9th October in 1874. It was the start of global communications, giving the ability to write letters all over the world.

Before the UPU was launched the only means of sending letters to each other was on foot or on horseback by special messengers. This service dates back to the 1600s which only brought about a national postal service, the service was slow but usable. By the 1800s countries agreed to exchange mail internationally, again this was also slow and complicated which is when the birth of UPU happened. UPU were the start of an effective global postal service which is still in existence today.

How I Have Used The Postal Service

Today things are pretty much the same, each country now has its own postal service and the service is much flexible, putting in contact with anywhere in the world!

As a teenager I had a pen-pal in Australia, we would write to each other frequently and letters to/from each other took about 10-14days. We were put in contact with each other through the use of the internet, but it was when the internet was dial-up and would cost a silly amount of money per minute to use. So we stuck to writing letters. It’s a fantastic memory to have, writing to each other, getting excited waiting for each others letters to arrive. We also got into the habit of posting coins to each other, wanting to learn the currency of a foreign country and would even send sweets too. Emma (my pen-pal) had never tried Polo’s so I sent her a packet and she would send me a packet of Lifesaver’s back, Australia’s equivalent of the Polo.

Nowadays, Emma and I keep in contact via the Facebook but we remember our letter writing days fondly.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Kaz & Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)

    9th Oct 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I love the idea of a penpal – I had one briefly as a teen too. You can’t beat a ‘proper’ letter. Kaz

  2. Bec - views from my garden bench

    9th Oct 2018 at 11:38 am

    I didn’t know it was Switzerland that started UPS. I love receiving post 🙂 and I also send my pals postcards as it seems people hardly ever get handwritten things anymore – love Bec 🙂

    1. Rebecca Bodkin

      9th Oct 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Not UPS but UPU, different company different country. x

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