For a good while, Benjamin Franklin was the Postmaster General for the British. But in 1774 the English fired him for his unruly and revolutionary talk.
A year later, on this day, July 26th, the Colonial Congress created its own post office and gave Benjamin the job of Postmaster General. We may owe American independence from Britain to a disgruntled postal employee who wouldn’t shut up.
The seal the new US post office used was, of course, an up-tight European cliche, Mercury the Winged Messenger. But about 60 years later, we switched to a guy riding a pony. 🙂 And it stayed that way until 1970! When they started talking about privatizing it, and it went all corporate-looking eagle.