Parcel Post Begins In US
Sending a letter is only two cents but a larger, heavier item can be very expensive. International Parcel Post between the US and foreign countries began in 1887 when the US Post Office and the Postmaster General of Canada established parcel post service. While Parcel Post service between the US and other countries grew with the signing of successive postal conventions and treaties, the US did not institute a domestic parcel post service for it’s own nation. In August 1912 Congress approved Parcel Post stamps to cover the rates of postage on fourth-class mail.
On January 1, 1913 Parcel Post rates went into use. It will now be far cheaper to send packages and bundles in the US.