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17 August 2020

EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes

Moldova: EUROPA – Ancient Postal Routes, 17 August 2020. Images from Posta Moldova and eBay.

Technical Specifications:

Issue Date: 17 August 2020
Series: MP1157-1158
Format (mm): 46.00 x 27.50
Printing (e.g.): 9.50 L – 7,000, 11.00 L – 7,000
Price (MDL): 9.50 Lei + 11.00 Lei
Sheet: 10 marks (2×5)
Painter and modeler: Vitaliu Pogolșa

Small sheet small sheet with 4 marks: (2 x 9.50 L; 2 x 11 L )
Small sheet format (mm): 114.00 x 81.00
Low sheet circulation (e.g.): 2000
Low sheet price (MDL): 41,00
Carnet circulation (e.g.): 1250
Small sheet book price (MDL): 46,00

The postage stamp with the face value of 9.50 L represents the postal route in Bessarabia from 1812.

Bessarabia was crossed from north to south by the main postal road, which was, in fact, a continuation of one originating in Saint Petersburg, crossing the Dniester River near the Otachi market settlement and passing through the cities of Hotin, Balti, Orhei, and Chisinau. In Chisinau, the road split into two branches: one headed towards the cities of Cahul and Ismail, and the second to the city of Bender, with a secondary branch to the city of Akkerman.

The postage stamp with the face value of 11 L represents the routes of the first airmail service operating between Bucharest – Galati – Chisinau and Bucharest – Galati – Iasi, inaugurated on June 24, 1926. For this service, nine De Havilland DH-9 military aircraft, converted for use as mail and passenger transports, were used. Flights between Chisinau and Bucharest were made regularly.

At 07:00, two planes departed simultaneously, one from Chisinau and one from Iasi, each arriving at Galati at 08:45. One plane departed from Galati for Bucharest. At 15:15, one plane returned to Galati from Bucharest. At 19:00, two planes left from Galati: one bound for Chisinau, and the other for Iasi. Upon arrival, postal items were distributed immediately.


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