Mr Zip

The Zip Code Song by The Swingin’ Six

Mr Zip

Not many people realize this, but the Zip Code system did not become mandatory for the bulk of mail until 1967. To ramp up the initiative and to get the public ready for using them the US Post Office launched a campaign to educate the public. To do this they introduced a new character Mr. Zip, posted his visage and the Zip Code message just about everywhere and even pulled in Ethel Merman to do commercials.

They also enlisted The Swingin’ Six to appear in an education/informational film release during the 1960s. The song is…well, very 1960s, and it better watched than described. For those who are interest, The Swingin’ Six were a folk/pop group, whose members were Steve Burnett, John Fisher, John Patrick Lanigan, Richard Nieves, Ann Rachel and Carol Richards (they even had and album).


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5 thoughts on “The Zip Code Song by The Swingin’ Six

  1. Rick says:

    I learned at a trivia night that zip stands for zone improvement plan. Its the little things that get ya

  2. Glad someone else out there has seen this short! What a great piece of ephemera!
    I have to say, sitting through the whole 15-20 minutes of “The Swinging Six” doing routine after routine is a bit of an endurance test though! :)

  3. Annie says:

    Since it’s an acronym, it’s always supposed to be written as “ZIP code” – the ZIP should be in all caps.

  4. Cosmic Joker says:

    Maybe it’s me, but I’m sure I saw that band in an episode of Happy Days hanging out at the sock hop. I think Mr. Zip was there as well.

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