If you need to ship catalogs, phone books, directories, and other types of permanently bound materials, this is a good shipping option that costs less than parcel post.
The parcel post and money order services have largely increased since 1887--1888, the number of parcels having almost doubled (those for abroad are more than trebled), while the number of money orders issued is trebled and their value doubled (about 40,000,000).
In 1889, at Windsor, prizes were awarded for a fruit and vegetable evaporator, a paring and coring machine, a dairy thermometer, parcel post butter-boxes to carry different weights, and a vessel to contain preserved butter.
An inland parcel post was in operation long before the overthrow of the monarchy, and a similar service with Portugal has been successfully maintained for a number of years, notwithstanding the difficulties interposed by customs regulations.
If you need to ship things like books, CD's, DVD's, videos or video games, manuscripts, etc., this USPS shipping method is less expensive than shipping by Parcel Post but may take up to nine days for your package to reach its destination.