ITALY & COLONIES POSTAL HISTORY
The postal service as we know it today was born in Lombardy in the 14th century. The technique of delivering a written message by “posts” originated in the second part of the 1300s in Lombardy when the Visconti dukes found themselves into repeated emergencies. Postal stations were set up to provide fresh horses to the couriers; this allowed the mail to move uninterruptedly, day and night. Initially it was a privilege of the crowned heads, but demand and pressure allowed access to merchants, bankers and private citizens. By the 1520s-30s it became a lucrative business and in due course governments imposed their monopoly on mail service. The term “post” did not originate from the Latin “posita” as often erroneously reported; instead it was first used to describe an early modern, efficient and fast postal service in Lombardy. In due course, the word “post” was then adopted and adapted by most countries: post, in English, Dutch, German, and Danish; poste, in French; poczta, in Polish; posta, in Hungarian; Ð¿Ð¾Ñ‡Ñ‚Ð°, in Russian; poÅ¡ta, in Czech; poÅŸtÄƒ, in Romanian; correo [from Italian corriere, corriero, courier], in Spanish; correio, in Portuguese [from Italian corriere, corriero, courier]. [Source: Giorgio Migliavacca ©] ************************************* WE SELL: COVERS, LETTERS, POSTCARDS, DISINFECTED MAIL, MILITARY MAIL, FPOs OF ITALY, VATICAN, SAN MARINO, ITALIAN COLONIES & TERRITORIES: LIBYA, ERITREA, SOMALIA, RODHES & AEGEAN ISLANDS, FIUME, CRETE, DALMATIA, ISTRIA, OCCUPATIONS OF MONTENEGRO, CORFU, ZARA, ALBANIA ******COPYRIGHT: We own the copyright in this site and in material published on it such as articles, technical profiles, technical information, general information, descriptions and photographs of all items. Those works and the entire content of this website are protected by copyright laws around the world. All our rights are reserved. All images, text and stamps featured on this site (virginstamps.com) are our SOLE PROPERTY and may not be copied or reproduced in any form whatsoever. Swift legal action will be taken against any individual, organisation, group, or company found to have violated our copyright in any form or reproduced any of the webpages, images or content without prior written permission.
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