Białystok

Fischer 1-2 | Not included by Michel | Year of issue 1916

Białystok is a town in eastern Poland. In 1916, Białystok was overrun by German forces. In an effort to trace relatives and friends who had been dispersed during the fighting, the inhabitants founded information centres. These were connected by local post. Anyone making enquiries for a missing person filled in a specially prepared questionaire and paid a small fee. The original fee was later increased to cover the rising cost of mail transport. A receipt stamp was specially produced at the Białystok district office to show proof that the fee had been paid.

1 I
with signature

1 II
without signature

The coat of arms of Białystok

2 I
with signature

2 II
without signature

The coat of arms of Białystok

Translations

Briefvermittelung is German for Postal arbitration.

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Białystok