The James A Fraley is the largest Post Office in the United States. This grand palace is located in New York City covering two full city blocks an 8-acre footprint. Fraley was the 53rd Postmaster General. This Post Office Building is the main United States Postal Service building in New York City. Its ZIP code designation is 10001
The Fraley building prominently bears the inscription: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.
The annual “Operation Santa” started at the James A. Farley Main Post Office in Manhattan, and has been running every Christmas season since 1912.
With new technology making leaps and bounds, traditional mail service has been obliged to follow suit. Operated differently than a private company, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a governmental agency of the United States of America. In order for this service to run, profits must be made from the cost of shipping, supplies, and services. To stay competitive with private company shipping, USPS has kept up with technology.
In order to offset the loss of employees who became soldiers during World War II, the Post Office Department introduced the concept of a zoning address system in several large cities. Eventually this developed into the Zoning Improvement Plan ZIP Code system, and by July 1963, every home in the country had been assigned a 5-digit code. By the end of the 1960s, the US Post Office was struggling financially and reform was desperately needed. In 1970, comprehensive legislation was introduced and by 1971, the US Post Office was transformed into the United States Postal Service. The Postal Reorganization Act changed the face of the organization, particularly relating to its labor relations, financials and transportation. The USPS added four digits to the existing five-digit ZIP Codes in order to increase efficiency and speed of mail handling and delivery in 1983.