USPS Uniform emblems through the years

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In 1955, Former PMG Arthur E. Summerfield authorized the first emblem patch for uniforms worn by letter carriers. Employees were not required to wear them until 1957.

The original emblems were 3-inch circular patches with a backward (facing right) horse and rider that were worn on the left sleeves of shirts and coats.

The direction of the horse and rider was flipped to face forward in early 1965. The center background was changed to blue.

The eagle “seal” was adopted following passage of the Postal Reorganization Act in 1970 — the law that created USPS as an independent establishment of the government’s executive branch. That same year, the 3-inch circular uniform patch was replaced by a 3 1/2-inch square one that featured an eagle facing left atop a red bar over the words “U.S. MAIL” and a blue bar underneath.

In 1990, the patch was redesigned to feature a blue eagle facing right atop a red bar, over the words “U.S. MAIL.”

In 1995, USPS adopted a corporate logo that included the “sonic eagle” — often described as an eagle’s head and beak leaning into the wind. The same year, USPS introduced a new patch, square-shaped and canted slightly to the right to simulate the impression of movement. Embroidered in black were the words “UNITED STATES” underlined by a thin red line and followed by the words “POSTAL SERVICE.”

The 1995 patch still is in use today.

3 thoughts on “USPS Uniform emblems through the years

  1. I have always said the PO has money, they just don’t want it to filter down to the workers.

  2. Didn’t the Post Office pay a PR firm millions to come with the current eagle and then the Post Office had to pay the Seattle Seahawks millions for copyright infringement. Maybe they could pay millions more for an updated logo to some company to steal someone else’s logo.

  3. I think it’s time to bring back the backwards running horse logo-seems more fitting for the times. More fitting for the management’s thinking as well as the nations leadership in Congress/Senate.

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