Moscow Main Archive - about the work of the Moscow post office in the 1950s

August 4

In the 50s of the 20th century, postal items in Moscow began to reach their addressees faster, and postal services became more accessible and of better quality. The Moscow Main Archive keeps documents regarding the measures taken in 1958 to improve the efficiency of postal services in the capital.

In the post-war years, the population of Moscow has grown significantly, new territories have become part of the city, therefore the number of postal items, including international ones, has increased.

The decision on the need for reforms in operation of the post office was made by the Moscow Soviet on July 31, 1958, at the same time a program of necessary measures was approved. In the same way, a decentralized system for processing the items appeared — in each part of Moscow, postal centers, where letters and parcels were brought from a certain area began operating. Before that time they were collected in a single center. Improved technical equipment of the post offices, mechanization and automation of many processes added additional speed in processing items.

In the 1959-1960s, three post offices were built at the Kievsky, Paveletsky and Kazansky railway stations. They performed the functions of sorting centers for the zones assigned to them in the city, and also controlled the transportation of mail by trains. At the same time, construction of a post office at the Yaroslavl station commenced. Two more branches have appeared at the Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports.

In 1959, the grand opening of the international post office took place in Moscow, it was able to ensure accurate processing and timely dispatch of items to other countries.

As a result of the measures taken, the post office became more accessible to Muscovites, its services were of better quality, and letters and parcels began to reach their addressees much faster.


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