Europe 2013 “The Postal Van”

Europe 2013 “The Postal Van”  

The postal system allows a letter to travel from one part of the
globe to another, overcoming physical and geographic barriers in
days, thanks to an impressive network of transport, people and
travel routes. Between the end of the 1800s and the start of the
1900s, a sudden acceleration in the delivery of mail came about
with the use of mechanical forms of transportation, a landmark
development in the history of this service. In just a few years,
the cost and time necessary to send a letter were reduced and
postal communication became widely used. Celebrating its 20th
anniversary, PostEurop has chosen as its theme one of the
protagonists of this revolution: “The Postman Van”. During the
first decade of the last century, this vehicle worked in tandem
with the railroad, covering areas trains could not reach and thus
providing the same service carried out previously on horseback
for millennia. The etymology of the world post recalls the “posita
statio”, the place where couriers of ancient Rome changed horses.
Vatican City has a number of small vehicles which guarantee
every day an effective means to collect and deliver mail within the
State. The philatelic series depicts the postal van with two different
backgrounds, the dome of Saint Peter’s and the world, as a way to
emphasize the universality of postal service.