Getting Mail in Galicia #austria-czech #galicia


Jeff Marx
 

According to family lore, my great-grandfather decided to come to the U.S. from Skala, Galicia, in the late 1880s, after receiving glowing letters about America from his brother, who had already immigrated, here.

That got me wondering:  Just how did the postal system operate in Galicia (and Russia)? The transatlantic steamers that went back and forth between European ports and the U.S., no doubt, carried mail packets, but exactly how did the mail get from shtetls to the ports? (I’m also assuming that railroad systems played a part, here).  At what time did communication by mail begin?  (I know that HaMagid, a Jewish weekly newspaper, was sent out from a town near Bialystok, Poland to shtetls and cities across Europe, beginning in 1856.)

Do any of you know of any articles or books on this subject that provides details? Do any of the Yizkor books mention a post office in the town? (Who distributed the mail?)

--
Jeff Marx
Researching ANSPACHER, AUGAPHEL, AUGENBLICK, BREAKSTONE, BREGSTEIN, CARLEBACH, HIEGENLICH, KUBELSKY, MARX

Join main@groups.jewishgen.org to automatically receive all group messages.