History of Postal Service

We have a lot of people to thank for the transport of our mail, but the USPS is the reason why most people are using it. But what is the origin of the postal service within the US? Well, it did help with subsidizing the way that mail was transported, and it actually helped with the delivery of the mail. Even when the people were skeptical of this, especially due to new inventions, this is a way to help with increasing the speed of mail as well. 

Mail delivery went from the horse, and then to stagecoach, to steamboat across certain locations, then by railroad across the land, and finally, by cars and airplanes, and they made sure to eventually span all of this to various continents.  The post office did start this through the purchasing of some stagecoaches to get the mail transported to the correct areas, encouraging this as well to create the proper comfort and safety for those who carried the mail. They also would use steamboats and trails to possibly get the mail in between towns that didn’t have roads. 

Speaking of the steamboats, the steam engine in 1831 eventually were denounced, so instead of using this, they made railroads, and by 1836, the first contract with the railroads for the postal service was something that people were starting to look at. 

Then of course, there was the automobile, where it was starting to be used, since by 1896, people knew Abou the automobile, and then by 1902, in Buffalo, they had the first contract for mail carrying, with a plan to move to different areas. 

Then of course, between 1901 and 1914, there were those that were upset with the frauds and higher rates for everything, so the post office was then asked and got approval from congress to have vehicles that would carry their mail to and from each location, which is of course, the early mail trucks. 

The pony Express 

Let’s go back to the first portion of the 19th century, where the US was moving to new areas and getting new territories, with wagons going across different areas, and passengers dealing with disease, ambushes, pestilence, and hunger. Then of course, there was the gold rush, which was responsible for a lot of people moving, and it also was when the post office got their first contract to carry mail with the steamships all the way to California.  With ail traveling to New York, ten to Panama, and then later to San Francisco, it was something that was quite long, taking much longer than a month in some cases. 

William H. Russel, created an express mail route to make the journey to California a whole lot faster.  His first action was to create the Central Overland California Company called the Pikes Peak Express Company. With the partners, they created various stations that would relay this, and they would use different horses to help with these weather conditions. 

The riders would move about 75 to 100 miles to the next relay station, and they would move this much faster. It actually ended up taking about 7 days to go from east to west, delivering Lincoln’s inaugural address. By 1861, it became a private company and worked under contract so that they could have a transcontinental means. 

With free city delivery and the confederate post service as well, mail delivery has been a big part of the US, and with all of these new types of ways to do it, getting mail from one locale t the next has never been easier, for many people. 

How to Take Great Product Photos for Your Packaging 

Product photos are so necessary for getting consumers to actually buy the items that you want them to buy. Some consumers do not forgive if the product photos look bad. But there are great ways for you to take the photos that you want, and you don’t even need to spend hundreds to get the product photos right.  Here, we’ll go over how to get the right photos for your brands even if you don’t have a huge budget. 

Look for good Inspiration 

Look at the competitors that you have to find the right kinds of photos to try. You don’t want to steal this, but if you’re curious about where to begin with this, you can look at what they do, and review this until you’re able to create something that does capture your vibe, but also isn’t directly copying them. 

Get a lightbox 

This is one of the best ways to make your photos look professional and look enough to be put on websites. You want a lightbox since this lets you light the item correctly, get rid of any shadows that might be there, and also you will have much more professional photos as a result. 

To make this, you can just get a box, put it on the side, and have it stand in a way so it’s double the size of the item, and gives you room for the camera.  You want to tape the bottom part of this, cut up the top flaps, and then cut out squares on every single side of this. You want to make sure you leave a couple inches around each part of the square in order to keep the box structure intact, and then put the white paper onto the outside so the openings get covered. 

If you don’t want to build this, then get one of those lightbox tents that are availible on the web, or from a camera store. This is pretty easy to use, and it’s sometimes better especially if you’re not sure  how to make this correctly.You want to make sure that the box has desk or flood lights going into there. Put the product into the box itself, put the lighting on, and take pictures. You can also make platforms by putting a smaller box and some cloth or white paper on it, and then put the product over this, especially within the light box.  Mess around with the positions and angles, and make sure to take a few dozen shots to work with a few types of angles and such. 

Get the correct Camera 

If you’re looking to get good product photos, you’re going to want a camera for this. But how much you’re willing to put into this is something that’s ultimately your call.  Sometimes high-quality photos are better taken with something that’s a bit cheaper.  You can still achieve this, but if you’re going for more action-type shots, you want to get something that can handle the movement blur. 

A good DSLR is actually not that expensive these days, and you will notice that there is a huge quality jump between this and a phone camera. However, if you do have steady hands and a good camera phone, then you might want to consider this, but if you’re looking to really make the photos shine, get something professional. 

Finally, you want to make sure that you edit the images. It doesn’t have to be the fanciest photoshop ever, but it should be something that works well and gives you good lighting.