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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 14 July 2018)Whereabouts of known items (Updated 14 July 2018)
Norman Collins Archive, REQUEST FOR HELP TO IDENTIY ITEMS!  (Updated 20 APRIL 2017) 

Whats new!


November 07, 2019 Translations of two Greek Post Office Circulars of the Greek post with references to the Overland Mail added. Transcripts and translations of the remaining ones will follow in some time.
October 31, 2019 The third copy recorded of Route Infraction Handstamp HS-32 (3) cover to London, UK, added.
October 27, 2019 After having discovered the surcharges of the Greek Post for the use of mail carried by the Overland Mail Haifa-Baghdad, i am proud to show the first of such covers known.
October 19, 2019The only known cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-66, known only used from Tauris / Iran, is now in my collection and has been scanned in high resolution and the Route Instruction Handstamps measured in detail.
October 8, 2019Another cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-44 (4) added.
September 19, 2019Images of three Post Office Circulars of the Greek post with references to the Overland Mail added. Transcripts and translations of the same will be added shortly.
September 16, 2019Transcript and translation of the decree issued by Greek Post, declaring the Overland Mail surcharges and instructions, added.
September 12, 2019Finally, with the help of a collector in Greece, I discovered the first Overland Mail surcharges and instructions issued by Greek Post.
September 5, 2019A additional instruction from Poland dated 1932 has been added.
September 3, 2019Some References from Finland on the "Service Transdesertique Syro-Iraquien" added.
August 31, 2019Overland Mail surcharges and transcripts of the regulations of the Austrian Post added.
August 30, 2019Original scans and dimensions of new discovered Imprinted Envelope IE-NL09 added.
August 2, 2019Transcript of 1947 contract between Naim Nathaniel and the Palestinian Postal Authority, found in the UN archive, indicating the termination of the postal transport contract added.
July 28, 2019A late cover (20 October 1949) with the Egyptian Motor Mail label L-13, used on cover from Iraq to Egypt. This cover proves that the Overland Mail through the Syrian Desert to Arab Countries was longer in use as the mail to former Palestine which was apparently stopped the date after the formation of Israel on 14 May 1948
July 15, 2019A registered cover from Baghdad to Paris with a Late Fee Handstamp (LF-X), previously unrecorded on Overland Mail, has been added.


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