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The Story of the ZIP Code

Did you know that the post office had to use a cartoon character named Mr. ZIP to get people to use the ZIP code? Learn about this and more in The Story of the ZIP Code. This debut issue will take you back in time with old time-y photos, radio ads, and music videos. I'm still experimenting with pricing so the first 50 copies will be pay-what-you-want with a minimum to cover the cost of materials.

The History of Things is a series on the little known origins of everyday things. The elevator, the postal system, time — we’ll look back at when old ideas were new, the challenges they faced, and how they evolved to become "everyday things". These stories of invention, iteration, and paradigm shifts will make you wish you learned this in history class.

Send questions and special requests to nicole.sylianteng@gmail.com, or @nsylianteng on Instagram for updates. In the spirit of #savethepostoffice, buy $50 worth of stamps and I'll send you a free zine! Just email or DM me your receipt. Any tips you send my way will support this effort. Thank you!

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