A nineteenth-century mail coach – A means of transport for people, luggage and letters 1840

The Romans had a dedicated postal service to convey messages and letters. In the Middle Ages this work was taken over by messengers, and they provided the basis of the organized postal service that developed in the Habsburg territories. Mail coaches were used to transport both people and letters. The postal stations, which had a sign showing the postmaster’s coat of arms and a post-horn, were often inns, and today you will still find many of them that are called Zur Post (At the sign of the Post).

 

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