This exhibit explains the history of delivery of international mail via the world’s longest railway.
Return to Peace and Prosper1ty [1937, 1938]. As members of the international community, countries of Africa also benefited from the transmission of the mail via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The covers shown demonstrate this. Upper cover: Mailed at Kobe, Japan on May 4, 1938, this cover was endorsed VIA SIBERIA. It was addressed to Lagos (Nigeria), West Africa. From Moscow it went to England and was placed on a ship of the Elder-Dempster Line that serviced the West Africa route. Lower cover: This registered cover was mailed at Fort de L’Eau, Algeria on April 29, 1937. Endorsed Via Sibérie, it went by ship to Marseille and to Paris by train. Paris was a gateway for Asian mail which was shipped to Moscow for connection to the Trans-Siberian Railway. The arrival date in Shanghai is unclear.