A Brief History of Courier Services

Today we take for granted how convenient and efficient courier services have become. However, convenience, speed and efficiency were not always features of courier services. We are referring to the very beginnings of this service which most people could scarcely imagine doing without today. In this post we would like to look back at the history of courier services in order to see how far we’ve come.

Courier services first began centuries ago with most messages being hand-delivered. As you can imagine, this was not a very efficient means of delivery. Not only was this message not efficient, it was sometimes a perilous experience for the messenger himself. For example, the Spartans murdered a Persian messenger in the run up to the Greco-Persian War. Centuries later other means would be used such as homing pigeons and even dogs to deliver messages. In the late 19th Century, the Pony Express was established to serve the territories between Missouri and California. The image of the rider on horseback vigilantly delivery messages under all kinds of conditions became world famous. Pony Express riders were known to traverse at least 2,000 miles in the delivery of messages by setting up a relay system. The most famous Pony Express rider was none other than Buffalo Bill. The Pony Express ended on October 26, 1861.

With the invention of the automobile, couriers were introduced to a faster, more efficient way to deliver messages. During World War I, Americans used hundreds of couriers to deliver messages and indeed penetrate enemy lines. In modern times, couriers have utilized trains, vehicles, airplanes and even bikes to deliver messages to ever increasingly compact urban environments. The public has long been accustomed to receiving all kinds of content they desire rapidly and accurately. The couriers of yesterday paved the way for today’s advancements. While most people would not want to revisit the technology of those times it is good to look back and marvel at how far we’ve come.2018-05-30_1131.png

Today, our Texas Apostille and courier services leverages its experience with its hardworking team to delivery all kinds of content under all kinds of circumstances. For more than a quarter of a century we have provided Austin Apostille courier service to Austin and the surrounding areas. We handle Apostilles and authentications in Texas and Washington DC.


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