Rural Delivery Service

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Rural Delivery Service

The delivery of mail by the United States Postal Service to areas with low population density. The Rural Delivery Service was introduced in the 1890s; previously, people who lived in rural areas had to go to the nearest post office to pick up their mail.
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Through Rural Free Delivery and Parcel Post (which came about in 1912), rural Americans were empowered to begin commerce with the "outside" world.
First delivered to farmers via the rural free delivery system in 1892, today more than 23,000 students enroll in Distance Education programs annually at Penn State.
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