TPO -> Greek Travelling Post Offices from the 1970s

Greek Travelling Post Offices from the 1970s

By Tony Goodbody

TPO marks from Greece usually incorporate the word KINETON (in Greek: KINHTON) or an abbreviation thereof, meaning "travelling." The word "kinematics" comes from the same root.

Postmarks of the Thessaloniki - / Alexandroupolis Route.
Thessaloniki  Alexandroupolis in Greek Thessaloniki  Alexandroupolis in Greek abbreviated initials Thessaloniki  Alexandroupolis in Greek abbreviated names
Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3

The postmarks in figs 1-3 are all from the Thessaloniki - Alexandroupolis route.
Fig.1 reads ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ - ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥΠΟΛΙΣ / KIN /Date/1 A
Fig.2 uses initials only: Κ.Θ.Α.1Β/ Date/ *. The significance of the filled in circle at the base (*) is not known to this author. It probably means "night train."
Fig.3 shortens the names to ΘΕΣ / ΝΙΚΗ/ Date/ ΑΛΕΞ/ ΠΟΛΙΣ - KIN 1Δ

Other TPO routes in operation in the 1970s included Piraeus - Thessaloniki and Piraeus - Larissa.

Mailguards

Postmarks incorporating the initials AMB were from mailguards.

Fig 4. AMB. THESSALONIKI - IDOMENI   Fig 5. AMB. IDOMENI - THESSALONIKI

Figs. 4 & 5 read AMB. THESSALONIKI - IDOMENI and vice. versa.
Idomeni is on the border with Yugoslavia but on the Greek side. Another mailguard route operating at that time was the international route AMB. SIDIROKASTRON - KOULATA, the second named place being just inside Bulgaria. It will be noticed that all four postmarks are in Latin script with the letters AMB. This is probably because they are international, or nearly so.

The TPO Office, Athens

This postmark (fig. 6) reads ΑΘΗΝΑΙ / ΚΙΝ - ΤΑΞ. ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟΝ 3 ( TPO Office, Athens Station 3) TPO Office, Athens Station 3


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