- Special delivery (postal service)
Special Delivery is a
postal servicefor urgent postal packets. Its meaning varies among postal services and is different and separate from Express maildelivery service offered by many postal administrations. Essentially it means that a postal packet is delivered from a post office to the addressee immediately once it arrives at the post office responsible for delivering it, rather than waiting for the next regular delivery to the addressee.
United States Postal Serviceoffered special delivery from 1885to 2001whereby the letter would be dispatched more immediately and directly from the receiving post office to the recipient rather than being put in mail for distribution on the regular delivery route. Royal Mailpresently labels several expedited services as "Special Delivery".
* In Return to Sender,
Elvis Presleysang about sending a letter to his girlfriend, "I sent it special D."
Special D's name is a reference to the Elvis lyric and this service.
* [http://www.franadams.com/words/sdgarfld.html History of USPS Special Delivery]
* [http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content3?catId=400024&mediaId=400026 Royal Mail offerings]
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