World Post Day is being celebrated today. Ninth of October was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s creation in 1874. The union aimed to create and maintain a structure for the free flow of international mail around the world. The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post’s role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.
A brief look at the history of the Postal System reveals that Postal systems have been in operation for many centuries. From the beginning of age, people wrote and sent letters to each other. These letters were often carried and delivered on foot or on horseback by special messengers. Beginning from the 17th Century the first national postage systems began springing up in many countries.
Gradually countries agreed to exchange mail globally. This continued and by the late 1800s there was a global postal service, but it was slow and difficult. The creation of the Universal Postal Union UPU in 1874 unlocked the way for the efficient postal service we now have today.