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Postillion
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After the introduction of  stagecoaches by the postal service in Germany in the mid-17th century (Passenger transportation), the drivers of the postal coaches were called postillions. Semantically related terms included Postkutscher (stage driver), Fuhrmann (carter), Postreiter or Postreuter (post rider), who served as a messenger transporting the knapsack (Ranzen or Rucksack) containing letters from post station to post station, and Postknecht or Fuhrknecht (postal servant), who drove the coach carrying freight, packages, and letters. The loanword postillion (…

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Didczuneit, Veit, “Postillion”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025768>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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