[Air-l] you got mail

Frank Thomas frank.thomasftr at free.fr
Tue Nov 12 09:26:19 PST 2002


Ulla,
I cited from memory but I am sure about the number.

Now, I looked into the article "Zustelldienst" in the
Handwörterbuch des Postwesens, ed. by Wilhem Küsgen et al., Berlin: 
Julius Springer, 1927, pp. 720-724.
The Handwörterbuch was the German Reichspost's official  encyclopedia.
The article gives the legal obligations (Postordnung, § 36) of 
 transporting letters, small parcels, etc. to the recipient in the early 
1920s: as a rule the schedule is for 2 daily deliveries. However, in 
cities with strong traffic 3 daily deliveries may be scheduled, and in 
special cases also 4 deliveries. More than 4 deliveries were in no case 
not allowed.
The Postordnung rules the everyday actions of the mail delivery. 
Therefore, the aforementioned maximum frequencies can be understood as 
those really in use. When late in WW II the frequency of delivery in 
Berlin was reduced to one per day due to the heavy air raids the public 
judged this as an inacceptably low quality of service .
For which work do you need the info ?

Cordialement

Frank


Ulla Bunz wrote:

> Frank,
>
> Do you happen to have a reference on the Berlin tidbit, or similar 
> postal schedules in former times?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ulla
>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-admin at aoir.org [mailto:air-l-admin at aoir.org] On Behalf Of 
> Frank Thomas
> Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 9:53 AM
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>
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> In Berlin at the end of the 19th century, "you got mail" up to 6 times 
> a day. There is an entire, living world before the Internet came unto 
> Earth.
>
> Frank
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> 
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