Special delivery (postal service)


Special delivery (postal service)

Special Delivery is a postal service for urgent postal packets. Its meaning varies among postal services and is different and separate from Express mail delivery 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.

The United States Postal Service offered special delivery from 1885 to 2001 whereby 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 Mail presently labels several expedited services as "Special Delivery".

Popular culture

* In Return to Sender, Elvis Presley sang about sending a letter to his girlfriend, "I sent it special D."
* Musician Special D's name is a reference to the Elvis lyric and this service.

External links

* [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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