Finally! An A-Z Challenge where "Z" was an easy one! :)
According to the USPS, Zip codes were developed in the early 1960s as a way to more accurately and specifically sort mail for delivery. ("Zip" stands for "Zoning Improvement Plan") July 1 will be the 50th anniversary of the Zip Code system!
My first digit (3) represents the Southeast region. The second two numbers (01), represent the main population area within that region- in my case, Georgia, followed by the beautiful city of Atlanta. The final two numbers (87) zero in on my local post office.
Maybe I was drilled very well in how to address an envelope when I was in school, but it has always astounded me that people forget to include the zip code sometimes. To me that's like not addressing it at all! LOL
Here are some interesting Zip Codes I found:
- General Electric in Schenectady, NY has a unique zip code in sequential order: 12345
- Detroit, MI has a mail boat called the JW Westcott that delivers to ships in the Detroit River. It has its own zip code of 48222.
- The public knows the White House zip code to be 20500, but there is actually a secret zip + 4 for the President and First Family to get private mail.
- New York's World Trade Center complex had its own zip code of 10048 before it was destroyed on 9/11/2001
- My own beloved city of Savannah, GA's zip code is the first few numbers of Pi: 31415