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Overland Mail Baghdad Haifa Pages



The Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa is a relatively little known part of the middle east postal history, formed after the 1st world war by two young New Zealanders (Captain Norman Nairn and Driver-Mechanic Mr. Gerald Nairn) who had served with the Royal Army Corps

These Pages try to explain primarily the postal history aspect of this company, however, for a good measure also historical facts and background information's like company pamphlets are shown.

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HELP REQUIRED / REQUESTED (Updated 6 July 2014) Whereabouts of known items (Updated 26 March 2017)
Norman Collins Archive, REQUEST FOR HELP TO IDENTIY ITEMS!  (Updated 20 APRIL 2017)  

Whats new!

  • 19 May 2017. Original scan of cover with new discovered Route Instruction Handstamp HS-N48 added.

  • 07 May 2017. High resolution image of the share issued in 1924 by the Eastern Transport Company. added. It turned out that the share still have the coupons attached.

  • 21 April 2017. Share issued in 1924 by the Eastern Transport Company. That company was taken over by Nairn in 1926 and merged with his company and the new company was named Nairn Eastern Transport Company

  • 20 April 2017. Further unidentified/unrecorded items from the Paper Archive of Norman Collins added.

  • 19 April 2017. Images from the Archive of Norman Collins of reference cover showing Handstamp HS-55 (1), HS-59 (1) and both reference covers of Handstamp HS-62 (1) / HS-62 (2) and HS-71 (1) have been added.

  • 18 April 2017. Another cover with handstamp HS-10 (3) added.
    Black/White images of the reference covers from the Archive of Norman Collins showing Handstamp HS-29, HS-21 (2) and HS-N01 (3) added.
    Cover ex collection of the late Zvi Alexander showing handstamp HS-09 (1) added. That cover shows that the user of that handstamp is indicated wrongly in the book by Norman Collins.
    A page has been created showing unrecorded items found in the paper archive of the late Norman Collins. Please check this page if you know one or more of these items and the current owner so the items may be recorded and listed properly.

  • 14 April 2017. Copy of Road Map issued by Public Works Department of Iraq added. This map also indicated the routes issued by the Nairn Transport Company and Eastern Transport Company as the company was called later on.

  • 13 April 2017. Copy of cover showing Handstamp HS-76 (1) added. That cover bears the recorded senders name and address. After comparing that cover with the other covers with Handstamp HS-76 (2) and HS-76 (3) it may well be that the latter handstamps are in fact subtypes or different types of HS-76.  Your comments are appreciated.

  • 26 March 2017. Whereabouts Page updated. Your help in finding the items shown on that page is appreciated.

  • 27 February 2017. Copy of cover with Handstamp HS-48 added. The third cover with this handstamp reported and the earliest known.

  • 27 January 2017. Cover with Route Instruction handstamp HS-74,

  • 23 January 2017, Cover with new discovered Route Instruction handstamp HS-N49 added.

  • January 22, 2017. Copy of cover with Route Instruction handstamp HS-21 added.

  • January 10, 2017. Another Advertising Pamphlet has been added, including scans in pdf format for free non-commercial download.

For older updates, please view the "Revision History" Page!