Postal Uniform History (Part 9)

1960s Tailored Women’s Wear, Emblem Patch Flipped

Postal Uniform History 1960In 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 a maroon string tie, and jackets tailored for women were introduced in 1964, along with a modified men’s-style cap and a beret-type cap. Also in 1964, postal uniform regulations allowed letter carriers to wear the approved summer headgear of their choice. Styles previously had been chosen by a Post Office supervisor or postal uniform committee.

On February 1, 1965, the direction of the horse and rider on the postal uniform shirt sleeve patch was flipped to face forward (left), and the center background of the patch changed to blue. At the same time, a crescent-shaped, maroon craft tab embroidered in white with the words “LETTER CARRIER” was added just above the emblem patch.

Also in 1965, a new postal uniform jacket design was approved for letter carriers that featured “hand-warmer” slash-type lower pockets, a zip-in liner that could be removed in warmer weather, and buttons on the two upper pockets. Also approved was a three quarter (from the neck to just above the knee) water-repellent and wind-resistant surcoat made of Quarpel, a fabric used in military wear.

In 1966, letter carriers were once more granted the option of wearing a sweater as an outer garment. If so worn, the emblem was to be attached permanently. A pillbox cap for women was approved in 1969 and was advertised for sale in Fechheimer’s uniform catalogues from 1970 through 1979. It was listed as part of the female carrier uniform until the 1998 edition of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual.

facts provided by: HISTORIAN UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE MAY 2002

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