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Postal Uniform History (Part 12)

Pretty Much Status Quo Since the 90’s Very few changes have occurred with the postal uniform since the 1990’s “new look for a new century” with the exception of phasing out the men’s and women’s long and short-sleeved shirts, and … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 11)

1990s New Look of Postal Uniforms for a New Century In 1991-1992, the letter carrier uniform underwent extensive redesign. Outerwear garments were redesigned and changed to a navy blue color. In February 1991, a navy blue zipper-front cardigan became available … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 10)

1970s New Service, New Look: The Eagle Patch and Dark Blue Trim On July 1, 1970, revised postal uniforms called for a dark blue necktie, necktab, and round cap. Raingear, the chin strap on the fur cap, and braid on … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 9)

1960s Tailored Women’s Wear, Emblem Patch Flipped In 1962, fur caps for winter wear were added to the list of approved postal uniform items. In 1963, a nylon mesh cap for summer wear was added. Postal uniform slacks, shirts with … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 8)

1956 New Maroon Trim, New Emblem Patch, and a Skirt for the Ladies In December 1955, Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield announced new postal uniform specifications for letter carriers, stating that the newly styled items would become available January 15, … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 7)

1930s–mid-1950s Sweaters, Jackets, Short Sleeves, Safari-Style Helmet Beginning in May 1931, a sweater coat could be worn in lieu of the postal uniform coat in areas of mild winter weather with the provision that only one type of coat be … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 6)

1920s New Postal Letter Carrier Badge In 1922, the postal letter carrier’s badge was re-designed. The new badge was solid, of nickel-plated metal, elliptical in shape, and topped with a 1/2 inch tall eagle with wings spread two inches wide. … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 5)

1901 Coatless In 1901, postal uniform shirts were allowed as outerwear in hot weather. During the heated term, postmasters may permit letter carriers to wear a neat shirt waist or loose-fitting blouse, instead of coat and vest, the same to … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 4)

1890s Double-Breasted Winter Coat, Service Stars In 1893, postal uniform regulations allowed a double-breasted winter coat with 10 brass buttons showing “a letter-carrier in uniform with mail bag on shoulder and letter in uplifted hand” or the seal of the … Continue reading

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Postal Uniform History (Part 3)

1887 Hat Badge In 1887, Postal Laws and Uniform Regulations approved the optional use of a helmet and required letter carriers to wear numbered badges on their hat, cap, or helmet. The postal uniform regulations described the badge as having … Continue reading

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