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You've got mail: unusual postal services

October 09, 2014, 19:18 UTC+3
World Post day happens each year on October 9, remembering this date for the establishment of Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland
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Photo: German fisherman holds a bottle with a 1913 dated postcard inside
Photo: German fisherman holds a bottle with a 1913 dated postcard inside
Photo: German fisherman holds a bottle with a 1913 dated postcard inside
© EPA/UWE PAESLER
Animals have always been used for mail delivery to the remote areas. Photo: US Postal Service contractor uses the mule to transport mail crate
Animals have always been used for mail delivery to the remote areas. Photo: US Postal Service contractor uses the mule to transport mail crate
Animals have always been used for mail delivery to the remote areas. Photo: US Postal Service contractor uses the mule to transport mail crate
© AP Photo/Bob Daugherty
Orissa Police Pigeon Service in India still uses pigeons to carry messages during floods and famine
Orissa Police Pigeon Service in India still uses pigeons to carry messages during floods and famine
Orissa Police Pigeon Service in India still uses pigeons to carry messages during floods and famine
© AP Photo
Military pigeon postal service of the US Army in Egypt, 1943
Military pigeon postal service of the US Army in Egypt, 1943
Military pigeon postal service of the US Army in Egypt, 1943
© AP Photo
Letters to Ded Moroz (similar to Santa Claus in Russia) are very popular on the eves of Christmas and Happy New Year
Letters to Ded Moroz (similar to Santa Claus in Russia) are very popular on the eves of Christmas and Happy New Year
Letters to Ded Moroz (similar to Santa Claus in Russia) are very popular on the eves of Christmas and Happy New Year
© ITAR-TASS/Uriy Mashkov
Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive to the Jerusalem main post office every year from all over the world and are collected and placed at the Judaism's holiest site. Photo: Letters written and addressed to God at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive to the Jerusalem main post office every year from all over the world and are collected and placed at the Judaism's holiest site. Photo: Letters written and addressed to God at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive to the Jerusalem main post office every year from all over the world and are collected and placed at the Judaism's holiest site. Photo: Letters written and addressed to God at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem Wednesday, June 15, 2005
© AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
A postman on a bike, France
A postman on a bike, France
A postman on a bike, France
© AP Photo/Laurent Rebours
There is a mailbox in the courtyard of Juliet's house in Verona for the fans of Shakespeare, as well as tourists who want to leave a romantic message
There is a mailbox in the courtyard of Juliet's house in Verona for the fans of Shakespeare, as well as tourists who want to leave a romantic message
There is a mailbox in the courtyard of Juliet's house in Verona for the fans of Shakespeare, as well as tourists who want to leave a romantic message
© AP Photo/Claudio Martinelli
Mail delivery on a motorcycle in Switzerland
Mail delivery on a motorcycle in Switzerland
Mail delivery on a motorcycle in Switzerland
© AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Sebastian Annex
Photo: Germany's postmen ride a dump truck near Dagebuell at the North Sea, northern Germany, December 5, 2006
Photo: Germany's postmen ride a dump truck near Dagebuell at the North Sea, northern Germany, December 5, 2006
Photo: Germany's postmen ride a dump truck near Dagebuell at the North Sea, northern Germany, December 5, 2006
© AP Photo/Heribert Proepper
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Photo: German fisherman holds a bottle with a 1913 dated postcard inside
© EPA/UWE PAESLER
Animals have always been used for mail delivery to the remote areas. Photo: US Postal Service contractor uses the mule to transport mail crate
© AP Photo/Bob Daugherty
Orissa Police Pigeon Service in India still uses pigeons to carry messages during floods and famine
© AP Photo
Military pigeon postal service of the US Army in Egypt, 1943
© AP Photo
Letters to Ded Moroz (similar to Santa Claus in Russia) are very popular on the eves of Christmas and Happy New Year
© ITAR-TASS/Uriy Mashkov
Thousands of letters addressed to God arrive to the Jerusalem main post office every year from all over the world and are collected and placed at the Judaism's holiest site. Photo: Letters written and addressed to God at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem Wednesday, June 15, 2005
© AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
A postman on a bike, France
© AP Photo/Laurent Rebours
There is a mailbox in the courtyard of Juliet's house in Verona for the fans of Shakespeare, as well as tourists who want to leave a romantic message
© AP Photo/Claudio Martinelli
Mail delivery on a motorcycle in Switzerland
© AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Sebastian Annex
Photo: Germany's postmen ride a dump truck near Dagebuell at the North Sea, northern Germany, December 5, 2006
© AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

World Post Day is celebrated on October 9 by the initiative of the United Nations since 1992. The aim of the festival is to promote and develop postal services all over the world. 
According to UPU data, there are more than 600 thousand post offices.  In 2012 the postal services delivered 350 billion letters and more than 6 billion parcels. 
Unusual messages and methods of delivery - in this photo gallery by TASS.

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