Wednesday Open Line

Nineteen-year-old Jim Casey had an idea. So, this week in 1907, he and a friend borrowed $100. With it, they started the American Messenger Service in Seattle. By 1913, they had their first vehicle, a Ford Model T, and switched from messages to packages. By 1919, the firm expanded beyond Seattle. Soon, the growing United Parcel Service painted its trucks a rich brown. Today, UPS trucks are still brown. It is the largest package delivery company, serving more than 200 countries around the world. In the U.S., the delivery of small packages is a highly competitive, more than $74 billion a year business, with UPS and Federal Express trucks seen throughout the country. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.