from the swift completion of their appointed rounds (unofficial USPS motto).
The Old and the New
The post office has gone through many transformations since Benjamin Franklin was the first postmaster general - mostly because of the advance in technology. Still, the task remains the same.
Invisible ink was just one of the methods the Patriots and the British could pass messages without the enemy knowing. As we should see in the future, Washington's spies used many interesting tricks to pass secrets. Don't tell anything, but let's try making our own messages.
Today, more people prefer direct communication to writing letters. We see people texting, using social media like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or calling directly on their cell phones.
In the past, of course, these electronic methods were not available, and people needed to be able to write neatly and clearly to communicate. Depending on the location of your recipient, it may take months for them to read your letter, and more months to get a letter back. Talk about a slow, drawn-out conversation!
Still, there is reason to understand the parts of a proper letter, and you must admit, there is something special about getting a letter in the mail.