We are the DDB: Museum Foundation Post and Telecommunication
The Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation (Museum Foundation Post and Telecommunication) is unique in Germany with its collections. These document the historic development of the postal and telecommunication service with its diverse characteristics.
The Foundation was founded in 1995 in the course of the German Federal Postal Reform and, in addition to the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin, (Museum for Communication Berlin), the Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt (Museum for Communication Frankfurt) and the Museum für Kommunikation Nürnberg (Museum for Communication Nuremberg), it also maintains the collections and the Archiv für Philatelie in Bonn (Philatelic Archive in Bonn).
The legal remit of the Museum Foundation, to make accessible, collect and display the “development of the transfer of information and the related banking transactions, transport of goods and passengers in the postal and telecommunication service”, expands the spectrum of the collection areas right up to the multi-faceted manifestations of communication in the present and the future.
The Foundation’s collections date back to the founding of the Reichspostmuseum (Postal Museum of the German Reich) in Berlin in 1872 – one of the first technical-historical museums in the world. These collections formed the basic stock of the competing museum foundations in East and West: the Bundespostmuseum (German Federal Postal Museum) and the Postmuseum der DDR (East German Postal Museum). After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Bundespost (Federal Post Office), the holdings are now reunited in the depots in Berlin and Heusenstamm today.
The Archiv für Philatelie in Bonn also documents the history of philately from the first postage stamps up to the latest special issue stamps. In addition to valuable rarities and new editions fresh from the press, the collection also includes original designs, proofs and test prints, postal stationery, franked letters, printing blocks and postmarks.
The multi-faceted collections on telecommunication and computer science, radio and television, post, transport and philately are being constantly expanded. But it is not only historical treasures which demand attention: the Museum Foundation is also focusing on new developments – for instance, in the area of information technology and new media.
With more than 730 objects, the Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation is now online in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.