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As promised, here are the Little Mail Carriers to tell us all about their exciting visit to the Museum for Communication, in Berlin.

Hallo zusammen! We arrived at the museum in the early morning with lots of letters to deliver.

Museum for Communication building, in Berlin

After almost being run over by one of their cool robots, we started exploring the exhibitions. While we were marveling at the variety of mail boxes, we met Stefan, who was very happy to receive a letter from us. Did you spot him in the movie in our previous post?

The Little Mail Carriers meet Stefan

We also found a large collection of stamps in the exhibition and in the basement they have a “tableau” of some of the most well-known and rarest letters and stamps, including the über famous Mauritius blue!

The Mauritius Blue stamp

They are displayed alongside lots of other treasures from the history of communication, which is why they call it the “writing chamber”.

The Writing Chamber

We also learned a lot about postcards. In Germany, postcards, as we know them today, were officially approved in 1905, prior to that the address was written on one side and the text on the other (starting in 1870). Images were introduced early on before becoming one of the main features of postcards.

Our favorite part was a cool installation of a mail pneumatic tube! We embarked on a journey through the tubes to deliver a letter to Anne, which you can see in our video. The distance on the museum’s pneumatic tube installation is only 30 metres (about 100 feet), but the total length of the pneumatic tube system in Berlin in 1940 measured 400 kilometres (or 250 miles) — 1,333 times longer!

Researching in the library

Afterwards, we paid a visit to the museum’s library. It’s an important part of the museum, as it contains many sources on the history of communication, namely postal service and telecommunication. Researchers and museum staff use the resources for projects and new exhibitions. Here we met Florian, who was happy to help us write a short greeting into our travel journal and guided us behind the scenes to tell us about the large part of the collection that is not displayed in the exhibitions.

Mailboxes in storage

Together with the Museum for Communication Frankfurt, the Museum for Communication Nürnberg and the Archive for Philately Bonn, the Museum for Communication in Berlin forms a foundation with a large collection that is housed in two major storage spaces and the archive for philately. One of the storages is in Berlin, the other one in Frankfurt am Main. Thus, we went to the collections in Berlin-Tempelhof, where we found a great variety of objects and met more friendly museum staff members.

Pneumatic post Scales in storage

Among the objects were additional mail boxes, historic pneumatic tubes, post house signs and lots of photographs and postcards. We also made new friends with workers active in the miniature models of postal facilities such as a parcel sorting center and couldn’t resist the bus ride in a model of an old post bus! The original vehicles are located in Frankfurt am Main.

 Miniature post bus

The collection also stores a large number of letters sent by and to soldiers during different wars (e.g. WWI and WWII), letters that were exchanged between East and West Germany between 1949 and 1990 and letters between friends and lovers. We learned a lot about the postal system as well as the stories behind the letters — and you can too, as it is possible to research a lot of these letters online at www.briefsammlungen.de.

Goodbye Berlin!

Full of impressions, we delivered our last letters and hopped into the museum’s mailbox to continue our journey Tschüß Berlin!

A big thank you to Anne-Sophie Gutsche, Stefan Jahrling and Johannes Lindenlaub from the Museum for Communication for agreeing to host the little guys, writing and taking all these photos! 😊 On they go on their next adventure…

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37 comments so far

Demmi, Romania
Nice Journey! ♥ Thanks for sharing!
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pne, Germany
How lovely! Thank you!
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ned44440, Ireland
A new place on my bucket list :-) .
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V_N, Ukraine
WoW!! What a wonderful museum in Berlin 📯🏤📮😍
Very interesting place.. Loved it!
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Else10, United States of America
Very nice!
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freivogel, Algeria
Stunning !!!
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zomertje, Netherlands
Great story, danke schön !!!!!!!
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BHARAT, India
Wow wonderful . Thank you. Very nice. I AM from India
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ch_nz, Germany
When going to the postal museum make sure to post your mail in the special mailbox inside. All mail posted there will get a special postmark which is only available there. I was there two years ago. Would love to have seen more stamps, but the exhibition is interesting enough. And there are not too many places to see a blue Mauritius.
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OlaRoss, Belarus
Очень интересно !
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Diane567, United States of America
Enjoyed the story! I doubt that I'll ever visit that museum. Thanks for posting.
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Irena_S, Russia
It would be nice to visit this place! Thanks a lot.
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Sfander, Canada
Great story and I enjoyed tagging along with the Little Mail Carriers. I also liked seeing the old post office equipment.
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Mosshumla, Sweden
Great story! Next time I'm in Berlin, I'll visit that museum for sure.
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NIDUSKA, Finland
thank you
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shieru, Russia
So many of treasures kept in Berlin! Thanks for the report! :) Deutsche Post is one of the best post companies in the world and I wish them working with the same excellence.
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Zipfel, Germany
I think my next city trip goes to Berlin.
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Luziaceleste, Brazil
Another reason to visit Berlin!
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mounten, Italy
Interesting story a good hint for a trip to Berlin, thank you! Ciao
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Cassisia, Germany
Thanks for this interesting story! I didn't visit Berlin's Museum of Communication yet, but I'd love to catch up on that. ;)
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benjyboo, United Kingdom
I love to see the detail of the old Post Boxes. I like to collect miniature models of them.
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Wonderwoman12, Taiwan
Interesting
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MerlinM, Germany
Nice story. I have never been there though I live in Berlin since 11 years. I need to change this. :-)
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Flippie, Canada
I'm love with the little Mail Carriers! Thank you for your travel stories and pictures, little men.
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FABIO, Brazil
Very enjoying and a good place to visti!!!!!
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YEKIKO, Spain
very nice picture
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mrscheggy, United Kingdom
I wish I had seen this earlier, I’m just home yesterday from Berlin 😏
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baldwinliny, United States of America
That's adorable!
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BeckyS, United States of America
Wow! I must add that to my Bucket List! :)
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secondhandrose, Australia
I'd love to go there. Thanks for the trip with the Little Mail Carriers.
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Prinzmucki, Germany
Thank you for the good Story ! Dankeschön !
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seattlestacia, United States of America
I hope to go to Germany next year and would love to visit this museum! Thank you for such a fun and informative post. Love these little travelers. :D
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beejayp, United States of America
So much fun! The little travelers look to be having a great time
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chelmi, Germany
I have to go there!!!!!!
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indahnur7711, Indonesia
This is such a beautiful museum indeed. And I love the mini carrier. Where do you get it?
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GonePostal1840, United States of America
I think I could spend a whole vacation in there if it's as good as it looks. I am American, and our national postal museum isn't even close from what I saw when I was there.
Having worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 13 years, I really envy my German colleagues. While I was primarily in distribution and counter service, I sometimes did collection duty. American postboxes have to be cleared manually (though there is usually a basket inside to make it easier), like you have to pluck it out by handfuls. German style postboxes simply empty automatically from the bottom. I've seen one in action in Austria (same design) though I was never around for a collection when I visited Germany. The guy was in and out in maybe 10 seconds. It probably takes us that long just to turn the key! It's not too bad actually, but with budget cuts, the time between collections is longer and longer and so stuff piles up past the inner basket and on up to the top over weekends. Add to that pouring rain or a blizzard or a ton of snow all around the box and dreams of my last German vacation, however work related, start crossing my mind!!!
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GonePostal1840, United States of America
PS. For perspective, the capacity of an American postbox can fit a person inside, and a few are even larger. Now fill it to the top with letters (and postcards).
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