THE POST COMES THROUGH THE SNOW WITH A CATERPILLAR

Ischgl isn’t at the centre of the Alps? Difficult to imagine these days, but in the 1930s, Ischgl was really at the end of the world in the winter. The roads were bad, and it could take some time to get from the Inn valley up to the heights of Paznaun.

The vehicle in the photo above bears witness to just how ingenious the people of Paznaun had to be if they wanted to remain in contact with the outside world. This image from 1935 shows what was called the “post office caterpillar car” from Citroen-Kegress-Hinstin: a car fitted out with a caterpillar chain instead of the usual tyres. This meant it could deal with even the most difficult road conditions such those as in the picture, where the post office caterpillar car toils over the detritus of a recent avalanche – a host of helpers have rebuilt something resembling a road with picks and shovels.

A little bit later the horn sounded in Ischgl.

Toot toot!

The post is here!