среда, 18 марта 2009 г.

Cover from Czech Republic

On the 16-th of March after 11 days of travelling I got this letter with just amazing souvenir sheet on it. You can learn more about it here:

The common Czech and Austrian issue commemorates two significant philatelic events - the World Stamp Exhibition PRAGA 2008 which will be held on September 12-14, 2008 under the auspices of the International Philatelic Federation FIP and the subsequent International Stamp Exhibition WIPA 2008 which will be held on September 18-21, 2008 in Vienna. The theme of the common issue is the 1750 Vienna-Brno Express Mail. The miniature sheet features a free motif of a picture card published by the Association of Postal Officers in Vienna in the early 20th century; the card was used and mailed from Vienna to Prague on 23.12.1914. Presently it is part of the collections of the Postal Museum in Prague. The picture on the card features a reproduction of a painting signed by K. Schnorpfeil with an express mail carriage drawn by a team of four horses. In 1750 the ordinary mail carriages, or diligences, travelled between Vienna and Brno according to regular time schedules. The first test journey on this route was made in 1749 by the author of the project, Baron Lillien. If necessary, the travellers could pay also for an extraordinary express journey of the mail carriage according to their own demand. The price for the journey was set according to the distance, number of horses, relay stations, etc.; the service was therefore very expensive and used only in extraordinary events by rich travellers. In most cases the carriages were drawn by a team of four, but if necessary also six or eight, horses. The prescribed postilion uniform consisted of a red coat with blue facing, horn and top boots.

Thank you so much, Milan!

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