National Geographic : 1939 Mar
THE SMALLEST STATE IN THE WORLD VATICAN CITY'S POST OFFICE USES UNITED STATES STAMP-CANCELING MACHINES Modern cages for the sale of stamps and other up-to-the-minute equipment have been installed. The telegraph station also is located in this building, which was erected by Pope Pius XI. A familiar portrait of the Pontiff hangs on the wall. Another innovation in the small State is the railroad station, near the "frontier," reached by a double-track railway. Huge bronze gates close the aperture in the wall through which the tracks pass and they are opened only upon the infrequent arrival of trains. The railroad is used principally by State personages on formal visits. Usually transportation to and from Rome is by automobile.