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
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
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27 January 2017. Cover with Route
23 January 2017, Cover with new discovered Route Instruction handstamp
January 22, 2017. Copy of cover with Route
January 10, 2017. Another
has been added, including scans in pdf format for free non-commercial
December 19, 2016. Scans of front and reverse of the
cover as well as measurements of
November 21, 2016. Another cover with Route Instruction
October 16, 2016. A 1931 cover from Egypt with a "Special Service"
handstamp was added. Any information on that handstamp is welcomed. Furthermore,
a 1931 cover with an apparently complete
route instruction label
L16/L17 has been added.
October 9, 2016,
Foreign Letter Rate for
mail from Iraq modified to reflect the latest research.
October 3, 2016. A variety of Imprinted Envelope IE45
has been added. I have listed that envelope as
IE45-3 which has a size of
156x126 mm. Furthermore, a similar size variety of Imprinted Envelope
IE46-4 has been added, that
envelope has a size of 135x107 mm
August 20, 2016. An new Imprinted Envelope
has been discovered, listed now as
August 11, 2016. A
wax seal used by Nairn Eastern Transport Company has been found used on a
Nairn Advertising Envelope. More details will be added in due time
June 21, 2016. New discovered Imprinted Envelope, listed
as IE-N06, added.
June 7, 2016. Nairn Publicity Envelope
Type (Fuchs) 7d added.
This item was purchased during NY2016 show and showed for the first time in
color. The only such Nairn Advertising Envelope known in that size (Image
perforated label L-10 issued by British Post added.
May 16, 2016, It was noticed in 2003, but reported here
for the first time that Route
Instructing Label L-10 from British Post that label exist also
instead of perforated.
March 18, 2016, New discovered handstamp used from
Baghdad, Iraq, added as as handstamp
February 2, 2016, Scan of Nairn Advertisement Pamphlet "Baghdad by the Nairn Transport
Company / The Overland Desert Mail" uploaded in
small size version for
free non-commercial use download.
January 3, 2016,
Postal Rates for Palestine completely revised
December 29, 2015. A forerunner of the Overland Mail
within Palestine has
November 30, 2015. A January 1924 cover from
Amman/Jordan to Baghdad added.
October 14, 2015. After discovering 8 different postage
rate periods for the time during which the Overland Mail had been in place (7 of
them implied a surcharge), i started
to revise the Postage rate and Surcharges Pages
October 13, 2015. I run across an image from an old
collection page with the shown cover that carries an unusual "By Overland
Route Or Air Mail" Route Instruction Handstamp which i now listed as
the image i have is of low resolution but i can recognize the year 1927 as year
of use. Any information on the whereabouts of that cover is highly appreciated.
October 11, 2015, An Imprinted Envelope used from Iran of
the group IE-28-35 (2)
has been added which does not completely match any of the listed types. The
first copy of Imprinted Envelope
IE-38 added. That is the only Imprinted Envelopes with an apparent variety
on as it has two (2) hyphens) between
BAGHDAD and HAIFA and was used from Nasseri,
Iran. A sixth copy of Imprinted Envelope
IE-34 (6) added.
Some of the Imprinted envelopes are hard to separate, most likely
caused by the unclear images and poor explanations in Collins Handbook. Certain
Imprinted Envelopes i therefore list grouped. Here is IE-28-35 (2) and at last,
another copy of an imprinted envelope as IE-34 but slightly different has been
Route Instruction Handstamp HS-22 added, the second copy known and the
earlier of the two. It would be interesting to see an image of the other cover
with that handstamp to verify the sender. a
October 10, 2015, Second copy of Route Instruction
Handstamps HS-38 (2),
fourth copy of HS-40
(4), a second copy of
HS-43 (2), a first
copy of HS-60, the
tenth (HS-79 (10)
and eleventh copy
(HS-79 (11), a second
copy of HS-86 (2),
a third copy of
HS-87 (3) and finally, after having received some time ago a scan of a
similar card, i could add a Picture Postcard with new Discovered Handstamp
HS-N38 (1) to my
Third copy of Imprinted Envelope
IE-04 (3) and and third
IE-05 (3) and forth copy of
IE-05 (4), second imprinted
Envelope IE-08 (02) used
from Iran added.
October 9, 2015. Cover from Iran to France / Paris with
a Route Instruction Label L-15
as well as 2 strikes of Route Instruction Handstamp HS-88. Furthermore, the second known copy of
Handstamp HS-35 (2) has been added
September 23, 2015. Two additional copies of Rerouting
Handstamps (RH 1-3
and RH 1-4) have been
added, One of these handstamps is struck on a letter originating from
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