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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 and other miscellaneous items are shown.

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HELP REQUIRED / REQUESTED (Updated 6 July 2014) Whereabouts of known items (Updated 16 July 2017)
Norman Collins Archive, REQUEST FOR HELP TO IDENTIY ITEMS!  (Updated 20 APRIL 2017)  

Whats new!

February 19, 2018 Cover with Receiving Handstamp RH-1 (6) has been scanned, the handstamp measured and the images in high resolution f 600 dpi uploaded.
February 17, 2018 Images of an Underpaid Cover / Postage Due) from Iran to Beirut added.
February 16, 2018 Registered cover from Baghdad to South Africa with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-15 (3) and rare postage rate of 18 Annas added.
Cover sent in 1929 from India to Palestine through the Syro-Iraq Desert / Overland Mail was added.
A new chapter for Underpaid Mail / Postage Due covers has been added which will be filled in due time.
February 10, 2018 Route Instruction Handstamps HS-N15 and HS-N16 are puzzling me more and more. Three additional covers with these Route Instruction Handstamp have been discovered and I hope with the analyze of the transport route i can decipher where the Route Instruction Handstamps have been added on the covers. Currently it seems that these handstamps were used on the transit route through Egypt, both on east- and westwards bound covers. The new covers are here: HS-N15 (5), HS-N16 (3) and HS-N16 (4). If any collector is having images of additional covers with these handstamps i am thankful for any image. 
February 9, 2018 Completed to add the postal regulations from the Czechoslovakian Post pertaining the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa in Czech and English language.
February 8, 2018 Started to add the postal regulations from the Czechoslovakian Post pertaining the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa. The information will contain the Czech language transcript and the English translation of the same.


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