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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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Whats new!

January 18, 2019 Deciphered the handwritten remarks on the draft Contract between Nairn and the Iraqi Post in October 1923.
December 26, 2018 Initial Page for Eastward bounded rates fro the rates from the French Mandate in Syria and Lebanon, Alawite State / Government of Latakia created. Some details are still missing bit already worth checking as 2 covers sent in 1932/33 from Safita in the Alawite State / Geoverment of Latakia to Nasiriyah/Iraq are shown.
December 22, 2018 Award (Gold, 85 Points) received for the Website at Italia 2018 Literature Exhibition added.
December 3, 2018 Details of a record in the UN-Archive regarding the termination of Mail Transport Contract between Palestine Post and Nathaniel Transport company added.
December 1, 2018 In the Forerunner section i have added the Postal Regulations from the German State of Saxony for Mail to Baghdad via the Syro-Iraqi Desert.
November 23, 2018 Letter copies of original correspondence sent by the American Embassy in Persia as well as the Department of Commerce in Washington, USA.
October 13, 2018 A newspaper article from the Adelaide Mail dated 1 September 1923 added where the new Overland Mail has already been described. In fact, a very early newspaper article describing this service.
October 12, 2018 A contemporary map of 1851 showing the various Overland Mail routes from Europe to India has been added.
October 3, 2018 A manipulated cover sent in 1929 from India/Bombay to Iraq added.
September 27, 2018 Postage Rates and Overland Mail Surcharges for Egypt have been completely revised as per the current state of research. The date when the Overland Mail surcharge has been abolished is still unknown.
September 24, 2018 Postage Rates for France have been revised, in addition French registration fees added.
September 16, 2018 I was able to find 2 covers from Canada to Iraq dated 1929 respectively 1930 from the time when the surcharges have been withdrawn. Images are uploaded, Details will follow shortly.
Copy of cover with most likely Route Instruction Handstamp HS-46 (1) added.
August 9, 2018 The English translation of a interesting letter sent on November 28, 1923 from the Belgium Ministry of Railways, Navy, Post and Telegraphs to the Secretary of the General Post Office of London, inquiring about the use of the Overland Mail Haifa-Baghdad by the Belgium Post by using English stamps for the surcharge and Belgium stamps for the postage.
July 26, 2018 New discovered Route Instruction Handstamp now listed as HS-N60 added. That Route Instruction Handstamp is similar to HS-23, HS-24, HS-25, HS-N03 and HS-N41 but with slightly different size.
July 20, 2018 Created the first page of the a Forerunner Section, in which i became interested recently. Stay tuned for further updates on that interesting area.
July 14, 2018 Help required / requested page has been updated
July 13, 2018 New discovered Route Instruction Handstamp now listed as HS-N59, used on a Picture Postcard card from Bagdad to England, dated 11 December 1924 added
June 21, 2018 Postage rate table for Belgium has been updated.
June 7, 2018 A new page has been created which tries to explain then End of the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa. That topic is not yet much researched so information provided on that page is some sort of historical facts mixed with some assumptions. The latest cover sent eastwards of which I am aware of is however shown.
June 3, 2018 After 20 years of collecting the Overland Mail i can finally show a cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-12 (1).
June 2, 2018 A letterhead from the Eastern Transport Company, the company that was taken over by Nairn Transport Company, added.
May 18, 2018 A dedicated page with my philatelic articles/writings related to the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa has been added.
May 12, 2018 Cover with a most likely previously unrecorded Route Instruction Handstamp added, now listed as HS-N58
April 21, 2018 Transcript and English translation of Dienstorder 38 of 19 January 1927 of the Dutch/Netherlands Post has been added.
April 20, 2018 Dienstorder 38/1927 from the Dutch / Netherlands Post, indicating the surcharges for the Overland Mail Haifa-Baghdad / Autodienst, added. A transcript and English translation will be added shortly.
April 3, 2018 Another cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-88 (3) on cover from Teheran to Italy added.
The Revision History Pages have been split into yearly pages for easier viewing/handling and a separate submenu for it has been created.
April 1, 2018 On the request of some collectors i have created pages which group the Eastwards and Westwards countries as per the grouping in the contemporary literature.


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