NMSAT :: Networked Music & SoundArt Timeline

ca - 900 BC __ The first recorded example of airmail parcel post in history
Comment : A postal service is used for governmental purposes in China. It is clear that an organized postal infrastructure is put in place during Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 207 BC) and that is is substantially expanded during the subsequent Han Dynasty. The origins of a Chinese mail system may go back to the Zhou Dynasty (1122 BC - 256 BC), when Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) says "news of deeds travels faster than the mail." It may also build on a pre-existing messaging infrastructure started by the Shang Dynasty. During the Yuan Dynasty under Kublai Khan, China was integrated into the much larger Örtöö system of the Mongol Empire. Whatever its point of origin, the Chinese Postal Service has clear title to the world's oldest continuously operating mail system. Today's Chinese mail system is continuous with one that was probably formalized under the Qin Dynasty. (Compiled from various sources.)

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