Mail carrier

A mail carrier, mailman, mailwoman, postal carrier, postman, postwoman,[1] or letter carrier (in American English), sometimes colloquially known as a postie (in Australia,[2] Canada,[3] New Zealand,[4] and the United Kingdom[5]), is an employee of a post office or postal service, who delivers mail and parcel post to residences and businesses. The term "mail carrier" came to be used as a gender-neutral substitute for "mailman" soon after women began performing the job. In the Royal Mail, the official name changed from "letter carrier" to "postman" in 1883,[6] and "postwoman" has also been used for many years.[7]

19th-century English postman
20th-century mounted postman in Buenos Aires
21st-century postman in London delivering mail from a modern mail cart

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