Postage Stamp Day
History of the Postal Service

Catalogue Number:  168
Stamp Design:  Jozef Baláž
Stamp Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Date of Issue:  December 18, 1998
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
Print Technology:  Rotary-recess printing combined with recess printing
Print Run:  2,292,000
FDC Design:  Jozef Baláž
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Jozef Baláž
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

Prior to the first third of the sixteenth century messages were delivered as the need arose by envoys in the service of the crown or of institutions such as towns, guilds and schools. When the state postal service was introduced, with its regular exchange of horses, fixed relay stations and tariffs, it initially served the monarch, and only then the privileged classes and, eventually, the public at large.

The advance of science and technology that began in the 18th century brought progressive improvement in systems of delivery, with the coach giving way to the motor vehicle, the train, the telegraph, and the telephone. To the delivery of letters and packages were added new services such as distribution of printed matter and money transfers. The postal network expanded, the methods of delivery increased and now include, for example, cycle and motorcycle couriers.

In Slovakia the development of the postal service owes much to the Taxis and Páar families. It was initially run from Vienna, but with the advancingTurkish threat administration was transferred from there and Budin to Bratislava, where it remained for three hundred years. During the existence of Czechoslovakia headquarters were in Prague and Bratislava, the latter being the sole centre during the period of the first Slovak Republic.

The state-owned company Slovenská pošta, š.p. (Slovak Post) came into existence on January 1st, 1993 and since March 1st,1996 has its headquarters in Banská Bystrica.

Ľubomír Polievka, Managin Director, Slovenská pošta, š.p.

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