24 February 2017

Postal History in Malaga

The Zea Salvatierra Palace is one of the most important 17th and 18th century landmarks of Málaga. Different historical events led to the palace becoming the Town Hall during the reign of Isabella II (1830 – 1904), coming under attack during the 1868 revolution. But it is mostly unknown that, after this, it was used to house the Main Post Office (Casa de Correos) and it continued as such well into the 20th century. Today it is a private residence.

This building is currently the Rectorate of the University of Malaga (Spain), but it was build in 1916-1926 as a main post office. Can you spot the envelope?

This ugly concrete building seems to have been another post building during the last century. Now it is closed (under reparations?)

And this silver postbox belongs also to the postal history of Malaga. I took the picture in the Museo Aeronáutico de Málaga, where I learned that the first air mail line that connected Europe and Africa had a stop in Malaga, in order to refuel. Actually, between Toulouse and Casablanca, the planes had to refuel four times: Barcelona, Alacant, Malaga and Rabat. So Malaga was one the first Spanish cities that enjoyed the high speed of the airmail, and it had to be posted in this special boxes.


  1. Great post and photos about Malaga's postal history, thank you, Eva!
    And a fascinating history about the silver pillar postbox.

    1. I found these spots mostly by chance. I had never seen one of those silver pillar postboxes in person; they were mythical to me until I found this one (not in use any more, of course).

      I think it is a nice way to discover a city.Should I open a sort of Postal Travel Agency? :D

  2. Love the silver pillar box. For a short while the UK tried a few Air Mail boxes (painted blue) but the experiment failed.

    1. I don't know for how long these pillar boxes existed, but I thinkthey disappeared long time ago. Today there is too much air mail!


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