New System Vs. Old
There are two different ways to address an envelope for mailing through the United States Postal Service.
- New System: Use all capital letters, no punctuation marks. This system is often used by businesses, and the address is usually typed.
- Old System: Both capital and lower-case letters are used. Punctuation is also used. This system is primarily used for friendly, less business-like letters. It is generally hand-written.
Example of Old System Envelope:
Example of New System Envelope:
- Using the new system may speed up your letter’s delivery time, especially if you’re mailing in a large population area.
- Abbreviate whenever possible on an envelope, because it saves space.
- The stamp always goes in the upper right-hand corner of an envelope.
- Leave a slight margin around the edges of the envelope, so it can be easily read by machines at the post office.