Delivery heroes: How Russian postmen glued the country together

1972. Post employees Flera Mansurova, Lyudmila Kuznetsova and Valentina Ozherelyeva at work in Naberezhnye Chelny (1064km east of Moscow).

1972. Post employees Flera Mansurova, Lyudmila Kuznetsova and Valentina Ozherelyeva at work in Naberezhnye Chelny (1064km east of Moscow).

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Postal workers have always been of great importance for such a vast country like Russia. For people in far-flung corners, they are the only lifeline tying them to the mainland. Here are 13 historical snapshots of the postal service and its unsung heroes.
1900s. Postmen pose for a picture in front of a post office.
1913. A postman.
1938. A post office worker in Ivanovo (345 km northeast of Moscow).
1943. A Red Army tanker asks a postman if there is mail for him.
1963. Post employees sort out the mail.
1969. A postman delivers mail to a Soviet military ship.
1982. A view of the customer floor at the central post office in Moscow.
1977. A post office information desk in the entrance hall of an apartment building in Moscow.
1987. A post office employee instructs an intern.
1987. Postwoman Irina Volkova delivers mail to reindeer breeder Yury Filippov in Lovozero, Murmansk Region (1846km north of Moscow).
1987. Vshchizh, Bryansk Region (448km southwest of Moscow). Postal delivery worker Ivan Frolenkov on duty during the muddy season.
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