EUROPA 2013 – Postal Vehicles on new Croatian stamps

EUROPA 2013 – Postal Vehicles on new Croatian stamps

Hrvatska posta issued two stamps to commemorate this year's EUROPA international stamp issue dedicated to postal vehicles.

For the first time in Zagreb, in 1893 parcel delivery to home addresses was introduced by coaches and later bicycle was mentioned as mean of delivery. First automobiles were introduced in the service in 1913 and in 1914 a regulation on automobile postal traffic was brought. In 1930 252 postal wagons, 228 automobiles, 715 postal coaches, 410 horses, 484 walkers and 80 cyclists are mentioned. In the 30-ties of the 20th century in the Badaliceva Street in Zagreb, at the place of former depository for postal coaches, the postal automobile garage was built.

After the Second World War the vehicle fleet from the earlier period was enlarged with vehicles received as UN help. The import of new postal vehicles (among which were fourgon/ mail van Lupetto 25 by the Italian producer Officine Meccaniche) began only at the end of the 50-ies of the 20th century.  National producers, like Zastava, IMV and Tomos, in the beginning of  the 60-ies of the last century  presented new models among whom the most frequently used were  the delivery vans  Zastava 615, Zastava 620 or the motorbike Tomos Colibri T12. At that time, on about 19 million people in a former state, in postal traffic there were 930 automobiles (443 for goods, 377 for persons, 110 buses), 1061 motorbikes, 2899 bicycles and 181 postal wagon.

Postal vehicles played a key role in the Croatian history as concerns efficiency of postal traffic and availability of postal services and they have kept this role until today.

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