Postal route between Russia and France during WWI

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    • #31491
      gmrmad
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      Could someone give me some information on the postal routes put in place between Russia and France after the outbreak of the First World War? I have letters sent in the last days of July 1914 which took more than a month to make this journey which previously took 5 to 6 days via Prussia. Thank you in advance for help.

    • #31494
      Caroline Lee
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      TESPONSE FROM MICHAEL KISS BSRP FACEBOOK PAGE

      The link provided has all of the copies of the The Philatest, the Journal published by the France & Colonies Philatelic Society.  The Journals go back to 1943 and are all downloadable.  Perhaps some one in the past 75 years has published a relevant article.  Sorry couldn’t be of more assistance.  https://www.franceandcolonies.org/philatelist.php

    • #31496
      Caroline Lee
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      RESPONSE FROM MICHAEL KISS BSRP FACEBOOK PAGE

      The link provided has all of the copies of the The Philatest, the Journal published by the France & Colonies Philatelic Society.  The Journals go back to 1943 and are all downloadable.  Perhaps some one in the past 75 years has published a relevant article.  Sorry couldn’t be of more assistance.  https://www.franceandcolonies.org/philatelist.php

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      Caroline Lee
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      RESPONSE FROM ARNE NIEDERHUT BSRP FACEBOOK PAGE

      It took some time before the new postal routes were established according to the borders still open for the mail from Russia. Exit was through the “semi-open” Finnish-Swedish border. From there mail went by rail and ship to Denmark and further to France by neutral shipping, either direct or via England.

       

      I own a small group of letters, that shows that even communication between Prussia and Russia was still possible in important matters of noble families. A young German countes was cut off from home by the breakout of the war. She was visiting a Lithuanian Grand Duke, who was a close friend of her family. Not only was she spared from civil internment camp, she also was able to send messages to her aunt in Germany via the daughter of the Grand Duke, who was married to a nobleman, who was working at the Russian Embasy at The Hague. In Spring 1915, she was able to go home by crossing the Finnish-Swedish border and through Denmark.

    • #31501
      gmrmad
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      Thank you to both of you for valuable information. Warm regards

      Gilbert

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