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Mileage scale, title: "New augmented Curios mileage scale of the most distinguished cities in Europe, particularly in Germany, and how many common German miles lie between such cities"; heading: "Tabula Poliometrica Germaniae Ac Praecipuorum [...]"

Homannische Officin1731

Museum for Communication Berlin, Museum Foundation Post and Telecommunication

Museum for Communication Berlin, Museum Foundation Post and Telecommunication
Berlin, Germany

Mileage indicators were used to determine distances between large cities. They helped with travel planning and indirectly also with the calculation of postage costs. The desired distance can be read at the intersection of 2 coordinates. As a precaution, the mileage indicator shown here contains a detailed set of instructions. The decorative engraving on the copper plate refers to the postal system and land survey. The winged messenger Mercury hands a letter to a city goddess.

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  • Title: Mileage scale, title: "New augmented Curios mileage scale of the most distinguished cities in Europe, particularly in Germany, and how many common German miles lie between such cities"; heading: "Tabula Poliometrica Germaniae Ac Praecipuorum [...]"
  • Creator: Homannische Officin
  • Date Created: 1731
  • Location Created: Nürnberg
  • Rights: © Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation
  • Material: Papier; Kupferstich

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