COVID Card #52

June 26, 2020 | 0 comments

In 1963, the Post Office Department introduced the zip code. I’m not going to go into a lengthy explanation of how it works. Instead, let these fine, fine singers educate you:

In 1982, the USPS started using POSTNET — that’s the barcode made up of short and tall lines that you see in the lower left corner of most of your mail. POSTNET was first used in LA with the 5-digit zip code. In 1983, POSTNET was expanded to handle ZIP+4 codes (the Swingin’ Six needs to update their song). By 1984, there were over 250 OCR readers scanning POSTNET barcodes across the country, taking hourly mail processing from 1,7500 pieces to 6,200 pieces.

Cards 1-100

To learn more about any of the first 100 cards, select a number from the list below.


The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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