Zippity-do-dah! I made it through the A to Z Challenge. But ‘Z’? Like the other less commonly used letters in the alphabet, Z isn’t an easy prompt.
What do Bettle, Ky, Wink, TX, Searchlight, NV, Santa Claus, IN, Sandwich, NH, Iceberg, PA, Sunflower, KS, Money, MS, and Toast, NC all have in common? They were on my favorite thermos and lunch box set from the mid-1960′s. I think I had this in 3rd grade.
The Postal Museum has lots of information on the Mr. Zip campaign launched to help promote the use of Zip Codes when they were instituted in 1963. Although he began his life in an ad for Chase Manhattan Bank, and was later acquired by AT&T, Mr. Zip became the face of Zip Codes and the US Postal Service for many years.
Did you know that ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan?
Or that Ethel Merman did a PSA to promote the use of ZIP?
Or that some conspiracy theorists thought that Zip Codes were a communist plot?
I don’t remember any of that, but I do remember the Mr. Zip lunch box. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, especially the red flag that you could raise and lower on the side of the box. One could buy this without a thermos today on eBay for $9.99; a new one in mint condition with the thermos, for $99.99.
Maybe I should have held on to that piece of memorabilia? Nah…but the memories are fun!
This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Today’s letter is Z. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. You can find other A to Z participants by clicking on the graphic. You’ll find an index of all of my A to Z blog posts here.