• FA-110641 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Information & Communication
medien.welten (media.worlds)
1910 - 1919

Stamp-vending machine

OePuBAG, Wien around 1910


Postal service

Apart from the classic postal services, the Austrian Post also takes over the telegraph and telephone operations; the organisation continues to operate a pneumatic mail service and provides the possibility to make money orders.

In the 19th century, the state-run postal service becomes the main provider of public communication services. It uses railway and steamships for transporting postal items and, from 1860 onwards, takes over the telegraph operations, which permits the fast, yet expensive transmission of messages. For inner-city communication purposes, it establishes a subterranean network in Vienna: pneumatic mail. In around 1900, it eventually takes over the telephone services too.

Furthermore, the post offices start offering new services, such as monetary transactions by means of money orders. The number of consignments, including correspondence cards and colourful postcards, increases by millions each year. This entails an automation of the processing and transportation methods in metropolitan areas. By 1910, the central post offices are equipped with electric stamp machines, automatic parcel weighing machines or stamp and card vending machines. On a trial basis, petrol-driven or electric buses are used for transporting parcels between the post office and the train station.

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