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Postal Rates and Overland Mail Surcharges

   

Eastwards bounded rates from Cyprus

 

Postage Rate Cyprus - Iraq (surface mail):

(Date Format dd.mm.yyyy)

From

Untill

Cover up to 20 grams

Cover up to 40 grams

   
   

 

Surcharge for the use of Overland Mail

 

Date of Degree

From

Untill

 

01.04.1929

01.04.1929 

20.05.1929

No Fee

21.05.1929

01.06.1929

17.10.1930

3 Piaster per ounce

 

 

Extract from “Cyprus, 1353-1986": History, Postal History & Postage Stamps

by Wilfrid T.F. Castle, Pages 167 & 168.  Chapter XIV - "THE OVERLAND DESERT MAIL

 

The continued absence of an air mail service connecting Cyprus with the cities of the Levant coast and the Persian Gulf was felt less after the establishment of an excellent surface mail route in 1929. In fact it may be doubted, in view of the dilatory and expensive service which later air mail routes were to provide, whether the surface mail was not better handled by the service established in 1929 than at any later time, until the vast improvements of 1949-50.

 

The new service was known as the Desert Route or "Overland Desert Mail" and was achieved by the linking of Cyprus by the ordinary mail steamer with the Beyrouth extension of the overland desert motor service connecting Damascus with Baghdad (Service Transdesertique Syro Iraquien Damas - Bagdad) operated by the Nairn Eastern Transport Company. A label inscribed was required to by affixed to the envelope.

 

 

Postal facilities became available by the Desert Route for letters, postcards, printed papers, commercial papers and samples to and from Cyprus on Saturday, 1st June, 1929. The countries served were Iraq. North­ East Arabia, the Persian Gulf, Persia and North-West India. The transit time between Cyprus and Iraq by the Desert Route was six days as compared with sixteen days by the ordinary sea mail.

 

Letters for transmission from Cyprus to the Near East by the Desert Route were posted in any of the ordinary ways of posting, including Registered Post, but had to bear in the top left-hand corner an adhesive Desert Route label (obtainable free of charge at any Post Office in Cyprus) and Cyprus postage stamps to cover prepayment of postage at the appropriate rate with an additional fee of three piastres per ounce. The special fee was fixed by the Governor (exercising the powers vested in him by the Post Office Law of 1881) in an order dated 21st. May, 1929, and entitled "The Post Office Desert Route Rate of Postage Order, 1929".

 

OFFICIAL GAZETTE No. 232 - April 1, 1929 

 

Text of the Postal Notice is coming shortly

Extract of CYPRUS GAZETTE May 1929, Page 305 
For the Original First Hand Source, here are scans (PDF Format), of the Cyprus Gazette, May 1929.
Numerator Page 302 (Order No. 378)

 

Text of the Postal Notice is coming shortly

 

Extract of CYPRUS GAZETTE May 1929, Page 305 
For the Original First Hand Source, here are scans (PDF Format), of the Cyprus Gazette, May 1923.

Numerator Page 305 (Order No. 393)

 

Text of the Postal Notice is coming shortly

 

 

The sea link in this chain of rapid communication was by S.S. Bilbeis and S.S. Belkas; from Larnaca to Beyrouth and from Beyrouth to Famagusta, Letters arriving usually bore the Sea Post Office backstamps. On and from 17th October. 1930, the supplementary fee of 3 piastres per ounce, payable on packets intended for transmission by the Overland Desert Mail, was abolished, correspondence being forwarded on prepayment of the ordinary rates of postage only.