- Post office
Post offices offer mail-related services such as post office boxes, postage and packaging supplies. In addition, some post offices offer non-postal services such as passport applications and other government forms, car tax purchase, money orders, and banking services.
In a "sorting office" or "delivery office", mail is sorted or processed for delivery. Large open spaces for sorting mail are also sometimes known as a sorting hall or postal hall. Over time, sophisticated mail sorting and delivery equipment has been developed, including Mail Rail.
In Commonwealth countries, many of the larger post office buildings in capital cities used the official title of General Post Office. In parts of Europe, special Postal censorship offices were known as Cabinets Noirs. In wartime, Post Office Rifles were sometimes sent from post offices into battle to deliver messages.
After 1900, dedicated mail exchange facilities became common and postal services colocated customer services with businesses such as newsagents or railway stations for the convenience of customers and to cut costs. As a result, many purpose-built post offices became redundant and either fell into disuse or were adaptively reused; sometimes retaining the title of Post Office prefixed by Old or Former for historical and heritage reasons.
- Drop Letter
- Postage stamp
- Freepost (also known as Business Reply Mail)
- Going postal
- Military mail
- Penny Post
- Post office box
- Postal administration
- Postal code, ZIP code
- History of United States postage rates
- Poste restante (also known as General Delivery)
- Universal Postal Union
- Wanted poster (Post Office Wall)
- ^ "Canada Postal Guide - Glossary". Canada Post. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. http://web.archive.org/web/20070825151703/http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/i01-e.asp?letter=P. Retrieved 2006-10-08.
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