Held every year on October 9, World Post Day is an international celebration marking the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s creation in 1874. World Post Day is a reminder of the important role that postage systems play in our lives — while we may be accustomed to instantaneous communication nowadays, it wasn’t more than a few decades ago when reaching out meant writing down your thoughts, stamping them, and handing them off to the mailman. Eventually this slow and complicated service became robust and modernized when international postage systems merged together in 1948, making the Universal Postal Union an agency of the United Nations.
“Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.” —
William Butler Yeats