Imperial Reichspost

  • The Imperial Reichspost (Kaiserliche Reichspost) was the name of the postal service
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     of the Holy Roman Empire
    Holy Roman Empire
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    , founded by Franz von Taxis in 1495. It remained a monopoly of the Thurn and Taxis family until it was terminated with the end of the Empire in 1806.

Deutsche Reichspost

  • In modern times the Deutsche Reichspost was established as a state monopoly with the 1871 unification of Germany, and became the official German
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     national postal authority. Its official name was Kaiserliche Post und Telegraphenverwaltung. Between 1924 and 1934 it was operated as a state-owned enterprise. The Reichspost ceased to function with the end of WWII in 1945.

Deutsche Reichspost Successors

  • The Reichspost was initially replaced by an allied-controlled postal authority that provided mail services. Eventually the Deutsche Bundespost
    Deutsche Bundespost
    The Deutsche Bundespost was created in 1947 as a successor to the Reichspost . Between 1947 and 1950 the enterprise was called Deutsche Post...

    (German federal post office) was established in West Germany
    West Germany
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     and the Deutsche Post of the GDR
    Deutsche Post of the GDR
    The Deutsche Post , also Deutsche Post of the GDR was the state-owned postal and telecommunications monopoly of the German Democratic Republic...

    in East Germany. In addition, there was a separate Deutsche Bundespost Berlin
    Deutsche Bundespost Berlin
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    for West Berlin
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    , as well as the Saar
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    postal authority (1947-1956). After the reunification of Germany
    German reunification
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     in 1990, the Bundespost continued to function as the sole provider of postal services until in 1995 the postal, telecommunications, and banking divisions were established as separate companies. The Deutsche Bundespost eventually became Deutsche Post AG, a share holding company, later reintegrating the Postbank, and Deutsche Telekom
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Other use

  • Between 1894 and 1938, a daily newspaper called Reichspost was issued in Vienna
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    , Austria
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de.wikipedia bio of Dr.-ing. m.p. Karl Wilhelm Ohnesorge (RK KVK mS 01.11.1944)
states a different use for the postal vans:

"01.05.1942 Transfer of mail protection in the SS (see Gottlob Berger), shortly after that also the "remote power mail" ("front help of the Deutsche Reichspost") as "SS power driving season". 1942 these buses were used for T 4 transporting psychiatric patients in the gasification facilities."

See also

  • Postage stamps and postal history of Germany
    Postage stamps and postal history of Germany
    This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Germany and philatelically related areas. The main modern providers of service were the Reichspost , the Deutsche Post under Allied control , the Deutsche Post of the GDR , the Deutsche Bundespost , along with the Deutsche Bundespost...

  • Deutsche Post
    Deutsche Post
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  • Deutsche Bundespost
    Deutsche Bundespost
    The Deutsche Bundespost was created in 1947 as a successor to the Reichspost . Between 1947 and 1950 the enterprise was called Deutsche Post...

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