Ending a 150-year-old service, the U.S. Postal Service this week announced an end to Saturday deliveries of first-class mail.
By August 1, the service will be discontinued in an effort to stop the bleeding of more than $25 million in losses each day. The USPS lost a staggering $16 billion last year, and more than $41 billion over the past six years.
Cutting the service back to five days will save around $2 billion a year, the USPS says, and they plan additional staff cuts and restructuring to further save money.
According to the Postal Service, in "an October 2011 Quinnipiac poll fully 79 percent of Americans endorse the shift."
Not all is lost on Saturdays, however. The move to five days of service will only affect first-class mail, which means packages, along with priority and express mail will still be delivered on Saturdays, according to the plan.
The interior of a mail sorting room at the U.S. Post Office in Washington, D.C., 1920. In 2011, the United States Postal Service delivered more than 167.9 billion pieces of mail -- that's 6,400 pieces processed each second -- all while collecting zero tax dollars for operations.
U.S. mail trucks lined up outside a Post Office sometime between 1909 and 1940. Today the USPS's 213,881 vehicles -- which is the largest civilian fleet in the world
-- drive more than 1.2 billion miles each year.