It’s a story that spans more than 200 years, now available in one notable exhibition featuring history-making companies like Western States Envelope & Label.
September 13, 2016 is when the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum launched a new virtual exhibition, “America’s Mailing Industry” at http://postalmuseum.si.edu/americasmailingindustry/.
It tells the story of the partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and private industry that’s helped American citizens and businesses communicate and conduct business for more two centuries. It conveys that connection that helps people shop, ship, deliver, communicate and conduct transactions, gain information, seek entertainment, build relationships, enhance communities and foster citizenship.
The mailing industry consists of all those that communicate with customers and constituents through the U.S. Mail on a large scale—from direct marketers, to publishers, to nonprofits, to public entities— as well as all the businesses that help prepare mail, such as ad agencies, print shops, software vendors and transportation providers. The partnership between the mailing industry and the postal system is a critical part of the American economy, as its total economic value exceeds $1 trillion and it employs almost 8 million people.
“America’s mailing industry is quite possibly the most successful government–private sector partnership in our nation’s history,” said Allen Kane, director of the museum. “We are excited to tell this story, as most people don’t even know the industry exists.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this exhibit,” noted Tom Rewolinski, Western States Envelope & Label’s President/CEO. “We’re proud to share our strong history and reputation in this memorable format.”
The virtual exhibition offers stories of the mailing industry that focus on how companies, entrepreneurs and multigenerational family businesses, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, have helped to create and enhance commerce and communications channels throughout American history.