The Power of Postal Uniforms

One of the more rewarding benefits of working on the “Mailin’ It” podcast is that I get to have serious (well, semi-serious) conversations with lots of interesting people who have direct impact on the Postal Service’s connection with the American public and our culture.

A perfect example of this is a recent episode my colleague, Yasmine Di Giulio, and I had with Alison Bazylinski, Assistant Curator at Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.

Alison broke down for us how the iconic blue and ‘cadet grey’ Postal Service uniform came to life and how it became synonymous with the Postal Service’s reputation for integrity, professionalism, and commitment to public service. Alison also gave us insight into how society shaped our uniform’s evolution from its semi-military origins to today’s more casual, and practical, outfit.

Our “Mailin’ It” podcast with Alison is one you should not miss. And, to help you along, here are archival photographs you can use to visualize Alison’s descriptions.

You can also find out more about Postal Service uniforms, as well as USPS’s singular bond with the American public, at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.

More details on the history of the letter carrier uniform can also be found on the Postal History webpages on usps.com.

 

Dale Parsan

Manager Strategic Business Planning


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Just look how Postal employees dress today! City carriers somewhat in a uniform. Clerks, Rural Carriers and Postal managers dress like homeless bums! Is that the Postmaster or a bum we just ran out of the lobby?

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