Recently, I've been watching this well-spoken man on YouTube (yes, it's quite unique) talking (in Swedish) about 18th century (1700s, that is) Sweden, and Stockholm in particular.
In one video, which I cannot recall right now (but it's in Swedish anyway), he mentions that even in the late 1700s, people did not get mail to their apartment door in Stockholm, but had to go outdoors and walk/travel to a special building and manually request any new mail sent to them.
I was under the impression that even people living in the middle of nowhere, in a house in the country, would receive mails by postmen way before the 1700s. Surely it would be much easier to do that in Stockholm, a big city (relative) and capital of Sweden?
And if this is true, was it unique for Stockholm/Sweden, or was this common in the entire world? In particular, I'm interested in how this worked in the USA at the same time. Especially somewhere like New York City or other major city.