What is mail?

Svetlana
Svetlana
March 2, 2015
What is mail?

It is difficult, perhaps, to find today a person who would not know what mail is. Nevertheless, we will try to tell about this useful invention in a bit more detail, and maybe you will learn something new for yourself from our article.

Below is a brief history of writing and email.

Mail: a brief history

In a broad sense, mail is a means of exchanging information. In ancient times, people gave each other important information using conventional signals — smoke signals, for example — but with time this became scarce, and then the first prototype of modern mail, messengers, appeared. On foot or on horseback, they conveyed oral and written communications from one city or state to another.

Since then, the messaging system has continuously evolved and evolved to the familiar to all of us - the state, which uses a variety of modes of transport for sending messages: cars, trains, airplanes, and ships. Not only text messages are sent by mail - letters and telegrams, but also various items - parcels and packages, as well as money orders.

Email

With the advent of computers, another type of mail has emerged - electronic. It is believed that the first email was sent in 1965 - however, it traveled within one computer, from one user to another. Over time, ways of exchanging letters between different computers were invented, and the first e-mail service for the general public was launched in 1996 — it was Hotmail. Today, almost every Internet user has an electronic mailbox, and some have several.