Delivering for the nation

The Postal Service will handle one of the largest mailings in its history when it delivers 590 million mailpieces from the U.S. Census Bureau, beginning in March.

The pieces will include questionnaires, letters and postcards regarding the 2020 census, the constitutionally mandated survey that seeks to count every resident of the United States.

USPS will deliver the letters in five mailings during a six-week period, beginning Thursday, March 12. Some households will receive more than one piece.

This will be the single largest First-Class Mail mailing within a 90-day period in USPS history.

“The Postal Service’s nationwide workforce and ability to deliver to every address makes us uniquely suited to help the Census Bureau measure the number of residents in the United States,” said Chief Operating Officer David E. Williams.

The census, which occurs once every decade, is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. It also aids in deciding how federal money is distributed to local communities.

This year, the Postal Service and the Census Bureau are working together to use Informed Delivery, a USPS mail notification service, to boost survey response rates.

Residents who use the digital service will be able to see images of their questionnaire envelopes before they arrive in the mail. These customers will have the option to click on the image to complete the questionnaire online.

In addition to counting the Census Bureau as an important customer, the Postal Service has benefited from census data itself.

The results of the first national head count in 1790 helped the United States determine where to establish Post Offices and the best way to transport mail to them. Today, USPS continues to use census data to ensure it is meeting the needs of its customers.

The Postal Service’s previous largest First-Class Mail mailing was for the 2010 census.

To the fore

The stamp honoring iconic golfer Arnold Palmer, who rose from humble beginnings to help transform an elite pastime into a sport for the masses, will be released Wednesday, March 4.

A native of Latrobe, PA, a working-class steel mill town, the driven and charismatic Palmer (1929-2016) captured his first major title in 1958, notching his first of four Masters Tournament wins.

In 1960, he won his first and only U.S. Open championship, displaying fearless late-tournament play that became his trademark, known as the Palmer Charge.

That same year, his second-place finish at the British Open contributed to a boost in popularity of that tournament among American golfers, and he was also named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

During a nearly decade-long stretch beginning in 1958, Palmer led the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour in yearly money winnings four times; won the Vardon Trophy, awarded to the player with the lowest scoring average, four times; and twice earned PGA Player of the Year honors.

His accomplishments also included captaining U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1963 and 1975, and the six teams of which he was a member won the biennial international completion.

Overall, Palmer won 62 PGA Tour events, the fifth-most of all time, and 92 tournaments worldwide.

The Arnold Palmer Forever stamp features James Drake’s action photograph of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD.

Antonio Alcalá, a USPS art director, designed the stamp, which will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.