International Postal Congress Held in Switzerland

International postal congress met on September 15, 1874, in Bern, Switzerland attended by 22 state representatives including: Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, the United States, and Egypt. Treaty Concerning the Establishment of a General Postal Union was signed governing the international post, on October 9. The General Postal Union was established on July 1, 1875. The Universal Postal Union is now an agency of the United Nations.

      September 15th 1874
      postal congress
      Bern, Switzerland

Additional Information:

  • Universal Postal Union – Wikipedia
    The Congress also serves as a forum for participating member countries to discuss a broad range of issues impacting international postal services, such as market trends, regulation and other strategic issues. The first UPU Congress was held in Bern, Switzerland in 1874. Delegates from 22 countries participated.
  • Postal Union Congress – Wikipedia
    The Postal Union Congress is the main international meeting of the Universal Postal Union, … Source: “The Universal Postal Union: Its History and Progress.
  • About history – Universal Postal Union
    Order and simplification were needed in the international postal services. … United States Postmaster General Montgomery Blair called a conference in Paris.

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  • Universal Postal Union | international postal agency | Britannica
    At the first International Postal Congress 11 years later, representatives of 22 countries adopted the Bern Treaty, creating the General Postal Union. The union actually came into effect on July 1, 1875; the name was changed to Universal Postal Union at the second congress in 1878.

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