Thank goodness we didn’t rely on the United States Postal Service to roll out e-mail, as this 1980 New York Times article suggests was a possibility.
“[Electronic messages] would be flashed electronically between cities. On the receiving end, they would be conveyed to post offices for physical delivery within two days of origination.
The rate commission said such a service could be put into effect now on an experimental basis and could operate through 1983, when the plan could be reassessed.”
On the positive side, you’d probably not have so many declarations of email bankruptcy.
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