Jaworzyna Śląska. 2023-08-13
Postal car in Jaworzyna Śląska. 2023.
The mail car in Jaworzyna Śląska is one of the oldest in the world with full and original equipment. The wagon was built around 1890. The wagon was operated in Poland has inscriptions in Polish - "Postal Office Jelenia Góra 2".
The wagon is of a wooden structure based on a metal frame. The wagon is two-axle, amortized on leaf springs. The bearings are sliding. Entrance to the wagon is provided by one double door, placed on both sides. Two wooden stairs lead to the entrance. There are windows in the doors. In addition, there are three windows on both sides. In both sides of the wagon there are slots for inserting letters and postcards. At one end of the car there is a platform from which the car brake was operated.
The roof of the wagon is equipped with a skylight for lighting the interior and ventilation. The roof is covered with sheet metal. The wagons were painted green and had a red stripe with a white border. However, the paint has faded (lost its colors).
The interior of the wagon is divided into two parts. In one part there is a warehouse with shelves and a small room with a "goat" stove. The second room is for sorting parcels, letters and postcards. Postcards were more popular than letters, because they were cheaper to send, and the standard content was not surprising - "Hania got married and they have a daughter."
The mail car is presented in a shed (engine shed) in Jaworzyna Śląska. The museum took care of comfortable stairs with handrails for entering the carriage. In addition, lighting activated by a motion sensor was installed. Inside, there are also historical photographs of postal ambulances from the early 20th century.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman