Modern Marvels

Season 6 Episode 13

Mail Delivery: Erasing the Miles

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 01, 1999 on The History Channel
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Mail Delivery: Erasing the Miles
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This episode goes behind the scenes of the world's largest communication agency to show how the mail gets through. Follow a typical letter on a remarkable journey where human hands may only touch it twice. Learn how the Post Office has changed through the years and get an up-close look at the technology the modern Post Office relies on. Historians probe the long past of the agency and reveal its gaffes and triumphs, while archival footage recalls the glory days of twice-daily delivery. And Postmaster General Marvin Runyon offers a privileged view of today's Post Office and the problems it faces as it prepares for a new millennium.moreless
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      • The word for stamp collecting, philately, was coined from a combination of Greek words meaning "the love of being tax free," alluding to the fact that, before postage stamps, letters were sent collect.

      • The Pony Express was sucessful at delivering the mail but not at making money. It's owners Russel, Majors, and Waddell went bankrupt.

      • In the early 1800's, letter carriers earned no salaries, but were paid two cents by the recipient for each letter they delivered.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Business letters, love letters, birthday cards, bills and flyers, all of them need to be delivered, now. Since the first missive was dispatched over 3,000 years ago, dedicated couriers have risked life and limb to convey the message. Now, the story of the mammoth, complex and sometimes dangerous job of Mail Delivery, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Marvin Runyon
        Postmaster General, U.S. Postal Service

        Jim Bruns
        Dir, National Postal Museum

        Richard John
        Author, "Spreading The News"

        William Frederick Cody (archival footage)

        Elvis Presley (archival footage)

        Charles Lindberg (archival footage)

        Woodrow Wilson (archival footage)

        Franklin D. Roosevelt (archival footage)

        Richard Nixon (archival footage)

        William M. Leary
        Author, "Aerial Pioneers: U.S. Air Mail Service"

        Pam Gibert
        Vice President, Retail U.S. Postal Service

        Colin Carr
        Regional Sales Dir, Royal Mail

        Supervising Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: J.V. Martin
        Producer: J.V. Martin
        Associate Producer: Rick Benavides
        Editor: Jack Foster
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
        Music: Alan Ett
        Senior Production Executive: Jack Seifert
        Production Finance Supervisor: Paul Dzilvelis
        Production Manager: Philip Wallnutt
        Post Production Supervisor: Mike Parente
        Camera Operator: Gary DeMoss
        Camera Operator: Ron Howard
        Additional Camera: J.V. Martin
        Field Audio: John Packer
        Field Audio: Marty Weiser
        Researcher: Helga Eike
        Researcher: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Terri Fox
        Post Production Coordinator: Scott Berkson
        Archive & Audio Coordinator: Derrick McDaniel
        Assistant Editor: Lou LaProcido
        Assistant Editor: Spencer Keimon
        Assistant Editor: Harris Cohen
        Assistant Editor: Doug Cunningham
        Online Editor: Greg Maher
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Audio Post Production: Media City Sound
        Sound Mixer: Mark Jensen
        Music: Scott Page-Pagter
        Music: John Valentino
        Graphics: Doug Whitney
        Additional Graphics: Barry Hill
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Thia Kulma
        Assistant to Don Cambou: Tim Shell

        Production Assistant: Keith Dols
        Production Assistant: Jason Lenzi
        Production Assistant: Gary Reid
        Production Assistant: Troy Barbour

        Special Thanks:
        American Express Company
        DHL Airways, Inc.
        Library of Congress
        Los Angeles International Airport
        Jim Martin
        National Archives
        Netscape Communications Corporation
        Royal Mail Video
        St. Joseph Museum
        United Parcel Service
        United States Postal Service

        Series Manager: Elyse Miranda
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
        2000

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