While many aspects of communication have increasingly gone digital in recent years, the physical mail system still holds an important place in society, and it encompasses far more than just the Post Office. The virtual exhibition America's Mailing Industry "investigates the 200-year-old partnership between private industry and the United States Postal Service, who together provide efficient and effective communication and commerce channels to consumers and businesses across the United States and the world." Launched in 2016 by the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum, this project explores how the US mailing industry has impacted people's lives throughout its lengthy history. It also tells the stories of more than a dozen different segments of the US mailing industry, which includes envelope manufacturers, magazine and newspaper publishers, logistics and transportation, direct marketers, and more. Incorporating stories from numerous industry representatives, America's Mailing Industry provides an in-depth, informative look at a service which many may take for granted.
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