Before ... 1290 Thurn & Taxis starting the first Telecom company
Before ... 1671 La Poste Pajot Rouillé at VB / Cremerie de Paris


1738 End of a story

1715 september 1 Louis XIV dies at the chateau de Versailles.
He is succeded by his great grandson Louis XV, still a child.

The relation between the Pajot and Rouille family
and Louis XV
deteriorate with Louis XV growing up
observing the increasing wealth and success
of the Pajot & Rouille Postal Services.

The wife of Louis Leon Pajot,
Princess de Galiffet Martigues
throws the most glamorous receptions.
Cremerie de Paris is the place to be in the late 1720s and the early 1730s.

Louis XV and his minister of finance, the cardinal Fleury
want the revenues of the avant-garde Telecom company for themselves.

1738 may 21 withdrawal of the Post License
end of the Pajot & Rouille Postal Services
Police officers come in the early morning of the day
and make an end to "La Poste"
one of Europe's most "hi-tech" companies of their times

As the king has absolute powers
he does not even have to make a compensation payment.

The postal license is handed to another family,
the Grimod Thiroux who operate La Poste until the French Revolution.

Louis Leon Pajot continuesd his life as a scientist and an inventor.
He also continued his collection
of technical instruments called "le cabinet de curiosites de Louis Leon Pajot"

La Poste ... forgotten in France
remaining in the memory of the Thurn and Taxis

Anselm Franz von Thurn und Taxis (1681 - 1740)
and his son Alexander Ferdinand von Thurn & Taxis (1704 - 1773)
are under shock that a "king"
can simply cancel a Postal company which took 3 generations to bult up.

Under no circumstances
they want the same destiny for their Thurn & Taxis Post
which had started in 1290 in the Italian Alps.

After the French Revolution few people in France remember
The Royal French Postal Services by Pajot & Rouillé ...

The story of the old VB mansion
remains in the memory of the Thurn & Taxis.
It is transmitted from one generation to another ...

Maximilian Karl von Thurn und Taxis
Maximilian Karl, 6th Prince of Thurn und Taxis
(1827 - 1871) last Postmaster

1867 july 1 the Thurn & Taxis Postal empire came to an end
with the state of Prussia nationalizing the company
which turned into the German PTT.

Unlike the Bourbon Kings of France
the Emperor of Prussia did not have absolute powers
and compensation payments had to be made.
Maximilian Karl von Thurn & Taxis
received 3.000.000 Thaler (9.000.000 Goldmarks)
about a third of which was considered to be the value of the Thurn & Taxis Post.

Helen von Thurn & Taxis (1834 - 1890), step daughter of Maximilian Karl
and sister of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi)
reinvested the compensation payments into real estate.

Maximilian Karl von Thurn und Taxis
Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn und Taxis
heir of the Thurn & Taxis fortune
with his grandsons Johannes and Gabriel

Albert 8th Prince of Thurn und Taxis (1867 - 1952)
had 6 sons, one daughter,
the beautiful Elisabeth Helene von Sachsen
and 20 grandchildren.

Two of his grandchildren
Johannes von Thurn und Taxis (1926 - 1990)
Mathilde von Sachsen (1936 - 2018)
and one of his great grandchildren
would have an impact
on today's White Pages Project

creating a link between the historic and modern Telecom Activities
around the VB Mansion / Cremerie de Paris.

Anselm Franz von Thurn und Taxis
Anselm Franz, 2nd Prince of Thurn und Taxis
in the logo of the Whitepages

Next ... 1876 Invention of the Phone

Next ... 1986 Return of a Story