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How was mail delivered in Przedbórz prior to these local delivery stamps?
1 -- There was no local delivery before the Austrians took over, just as there was none afterwards. In 1871, The Russians had installed the same mail system in Russian Poland that they had for themselves. This meant that zemstvos (certain local governments) had discretion in local mail delivery. Some used local delivery stamps, also called zemstvos. But perhaps many had no local delivery at all. However, I believe, along with Wikipedia and others, there were no zemstvos in Poland.Martin Spufford (with his friends) say that "As for zemstvos, the latter and their associated postal operations were limited to European Russia, which excluded Siberia, Asian portions of Russia, the Kingdom of Poland and the Duchy of Finland. So, there were never any zemstvo postal operations in Poland." (This can probably be confirmed in Chuchin.)In any event, the Russians had eliminated any Polish discretion in 1871, after one of the sporadic uprisings, I believe, and I have been unable to find out whether a similar-sized Russian town was likely to have had home delivery.
2 -- There was local delivery, paid for with cash, not stamps. (Barefoot and Petriuk (pg. 31) list many towns with private local delivery services noted in the local business directory of the time.) This was the situation in Przedbórz, according to Mikulski [1968a]
3 -- There was free local delivery, just as in the U.S. and other developed countries. (Some think this would be likely in large cities, but perhaps not in a small town like Przedbórz. If literacy rates were indeed low, then there might not have been much demand for free local delivery.)