In 1971, the National Association of Letter Carriers (i.e. the Postal Union) secured a court injunction against the Independent Postal Services of America – who had the gall to deliver 2nd, 3rd and 4th class Christmas Cards for 5 cents while the Postal Service was only able to do it for 8 cents. Why did they get the injunction? Because the practice by IPSA threatened to cut into the Christmas overtime hours of the Postal Workers.
Or here’s another tasty treat. In December 1974, the six children of the Gibson family in Mountain Lakes, NJ were threatened with a $500 federal fine for delivering Christmas cards locally for 5 cents each.
Did you know that the US Postal Service attempted to monopolize the e-mail industry when it was first created? Could you imagine having to send e-mails through them, and not through gmail, yahoo, hotmail, or whatever firm you currently use?