October 31, 1868

On October 31, 1868, US Postmaster General Alexander Williams Randall approved the first standard uniform for postal carriers. It included pants, vest, a mandatory cap, coat and reversible cape. Preferred weapons of choice were not mentioned. It is noted that the ubiquitous shorts now worn by the mail carriers did not come into play until 1973 and were copied by UPS in 1991.

Share this post, if you think Twisted-History should have official uniforms. I think I’d look rather snazzy in a vest and cape.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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