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Postal Rates and Overland Mail Surcharges

   

Eastwards bounded rates from USA

 

Postage Rate USA - Iraq (Standard UPU Foreign Rate, surface mail)
(Date Format dd.mm.yyyy)

From  Till Letter up to 1 oz. Each additional 1 oz.
1 October 1907 31 July 1958 5 cents 3 cents

 

 

Surcharge for the use of Overland Mail
Reference: the "United States Official Postal Guide"
and US Postal Bulletins

 

Date of Postal Guide

Surcharge

Weight

From:

Till:

Postal Article

14 May 1924

6 cents

each ounce

14 May 1924

3 May 1933

Letters

July 1927

6 cents

3 May 1933

Letters

20 September 1929 No Surcharge       Letters, post cards, printed matter, samples of merchandise, and commercial papers

4 May 1933

2 cents

each ounce

4 May 1933

19 February 1936
Surcharge discontinued

Letters

4 May 1933

2 cents

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4 May 1933

Postcard

4 May 1933

2 cents

each 2 ounce

4 May 1933

commercial papers, samples, printed matters

July 1935, Page 447

Who can provide a copy of that Postal Guide?

 

Extracts from US Postal Bulletins with reference to the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa

VOL. XLV

WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1924
Two Pages

NO. 13471

HAIFA-BAGDAD MOTOR SERVICE

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, May 14, 1924

    This department has accepted the offer of the London office to transmit to Haifa for onward transmission by the Haifa-Bagdad motor service ordinary and registered letters, postal cards, printed matter, samples of merchandise and commercial papers, except parcel-post packages to Beyrouth, Damascus, and Bagdad, at the rate of 6 cents an ounce or fraction thereof, in addition to the international rate of postage required, the motor mail fee, and the postage rate to be prepaid by postage stamps affixed to each piece at time of mailing. Mail matter intended for dispatch by the Haifa-Bagdad motor service should bear in the upper lefthand corner of the envelope or cover a label with the words "By overland mail, Haifa-Bagdad," or in lieu of the label, be prominently marked as indicated so that the articles when assorted may not be overlooked.

    All mail articles for this service will be dispatched to New York for onward transmission from that exchange post office.

    Mail matter marked for dispatch via the Haifa-Bagdad motor service, which closes at London every Thursday, will be delivered at Beyrouth and Damascus in approximately 7 days and at Haifa in approximately 9 days after dispatch from London, or a normal gain of about 12 days over the ordinary route now employed.

PAUL HENDERSON

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

So far I am aware of 2 postal cachets from the Post Office New York, one of these covers is dated November 7, 1926 (collection late Zvi Alexander) but that cover is not correctly franked.

In my collection I have the shown cover which i have discovered. That cover is properly franked with 11 cents as per the aboveostal rates table and bears a previously unknown Routing Handstamp with the inscription "Overland Mail / Haifa - Baghdad." The letter was posted on 30 July 1924, 7:30 PM in New York, Post Office Warwick Street Station, NY 3. I can not say at the moment if the routing handstamp was applied by the sender (in that case it would be of private nature) or by the post office, however, the routing handstamp lies under the postmark and was applied before cancelling the letter.

 

VOL. XLVII

WASHINGTON, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1926
Four Pages

NO. 14192

PARCEL-POST SERVICE TO PERSIA VIA HAIFA-BAGHDAD MOTOR SERVICE

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, September 25, 1926

    Ordinary parcel-post packages will be accepted for dispatch via the desert motor route (Haifa-Baghdad motor service) up to a weight limit of 11 pounds when prepaid at the postage rate of 14 cents for each pound or fraction thereof plus the following transit charges:

1-3 pounds $1.44
4-7 pounds $2.16
8-11 pounds $2.82

    All parcels intended for dispatch by this route should be addressed to the Poste-Restante at Qasr-i-Shirin, Persia, and indorsed "By overland mail, Haifa-Baghdad."

    The motor service mentioned is in addition to that now indicated under the item "Persia," on pages 256 and 303 of the annual Postal Guide for 1926, and parcel-post packages to be dispatched by the motor route referred to should be forwarded to the exchange office at New York for onward transmission to destination.

W. IBVING GLOVER

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

VOL. XLVII

WASHINGTON, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1926
Two Pages

NO. 14246

PARCEL-POST SERVICE TO PERSIA VIA HAIFA-BAGHDAD MOTOR SERVICE

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, November 29, 1926

    Effective at once the following transit rates will apply with respect to parcel-post packages addressed for delivery in Persia via the Haifa-Baghdad motor service::

1-3 pounds $1.32
4-7 pounds $2.04
8-11 pounds $2.76
 

    The postage and transit charges must be prepaid by postage stamps affixed to the parcels at time of mailing.

    The above modifies the transit rates shown under the item "Parcel post service to Persia via Haifa-Baghdad motor service," published in POSTAL BULLETIN of September 27, 1926.

W. IBVING GLOVER

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

VOL. XLVIII

WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 1927
Two Pages

NO. 14359

PARCEL-POST SERVICE TO PERSIA

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, April 14, 1927

    The information now appearing under the subheading "Observations" of the item "Persia," on page 303 of the annual Postal Guide for 1926 and in changes Nos. 55 and 59, on pages 37 and 39 of the above-mentioned Guide supplement for October, is superseded by the following:
    Every parcel must be addressed to a Poste Restante, as indicated below; and in the case of a parcel intended for transmission by service, (2) the words "By overland mail Haifa-Baghdad" must also be included in the address; for example: "Mr. X. Shiraz, Poste Restante, Bushire, by overland mail Haifa-Baghdad."

    The addressees are advised of the arrival of the parcels at the Poste Restante, and must pay for their onward transmission, if they are to be forwarded into the interior, before they can be sent on.
    All parcels must be packed in wood, tin, canvas, linen, or similar material, and not merely in paper or cardboard.
    The following lists indicate to which Poste Restante a parcel must be addressed:

SERVICE (i)

    Poste Restante, Bushire.Parcels for Brujerd, Bushire, Damghan, Hamadan, Ispahan, Kashan, Kazvin, Kermanshah, Kum, Malayer, Resht, Semnan, Senendej (Senneh), Shahrud, Shiraz, Sultanabad, Tabriz (Tauris), Teheran, Zenjan, and places in the Provinces of Azerbaijan,

Guilan, and Mazanderan.

    Poste Restante, Ahwaz.Parcels for Ahwaz, Maidan-i-Naphtun (Masjidi-Suleiman).

    Poste Restante, Bender .A6&as.—Parcels for Bender Abbas.

   Poste Restante, Douzdap.Parcels for places in the Provinces of Khorassan, Kirman, Sistan, and Yezd.

    Poste Restante, Lingah.Parcels for Lingah and Lar.

    Poste Restante, Mohammerah.Parcels for Abadan and all other places in the Province of Arabistan, except Ahwaz and Maidan-i-Naphtun.

 

SERVICE (2)

    Poste Restante, Qasir-i-Shirin.Parcels for Brujerd, Damghan, Hamadan, Ispahan, Kashan, Karzvin, Kermanshah, Kum, Malayer, Resht, Semnan, Senendej (Senneh), Shahrud, Sultanabad, Tabriz (Tauris), Teheran, Zenjan, and all other places in the Provinces of Azerbaijan, Guilan, Khorassan, and Mazanderan.

    Poste Restante, Ahwaz.Parcels for Ahwaz and Maidan-i-Naphtun (Masjid-i-Suleiman).

    Poste Restanie, Bender Abbas.Parcels for Bender Abbas and places in the Provinces of Kirman and Sistan.

    Poste Restante, Bushire.Parcels for Bushire, Shiraz, and Yezd.

    Poste Restante, Chahbar.Parcels for Chahbar.

    Poste Restante, Henjam.Parcels for Henjam.

    Poste Resiante, Jask.Parcels for Jask.

    Poste Restante, Lingah.Parcels for Lingah and Lar.

    Poste Restante, Mohammerah.Parcels for Abadan and all other places in the Province of Arabistan, except Ahwaz and Maidan-i-Naphtun.

W. IRVING GLOVER

Second Assistant Postmaster General

The Postal Guide of July 1927 also states, similar t the one of 1924, that mail intended for this service should have a label with the words "By Overland mail, Baghdad-Haifa" or be prominently marked

VOL. XLVIII

WASHINGTON, THUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1927

NO. 14509

PARCEL-POST SERVICE TO IRAQ

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, October 10, 1927

   Effective at once the weight limit applicable to parcel-post packages intended for transmission via the Haifa-Baghdad motor service to Iraq is increased from 11 to 22 pounds.
    Parcel-post packages exceeding 11 pounds in weight are subject to a transit charge of $5.04 in addition to the regular postage.
    Parcels exceeding 11 pounds in weight must not contain bullion, coin, or jewelry.
The foregoing modifies the information appearing in the notice of this office published in the POSTAL BULLETIN of September 22 and Change No. 59 of the October supplement to the annual Postal Guide for 1927.
 

W. IRVING GLOVER

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

VOL. L

WASHINGTON, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1929
TWO PAGES

NO. 15103

POSTAL UNION (REGULAR) ARTICLES ADDRESSED FOR DELIVERY IN IRAQ AND PERSIA FOR DISPATCH VIA THE DESERT MOTOR SERVICE

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, September 20, 1929

   Information has been received that all letters, post cards, printed matter, samples of merchandise, and commercial papers addressed for delivery in Iraq and for Abadan, Bushire, and Mohammerah in Persia, will now be sent via the Desert Motor Service without the prepayment of special fees, heretofore required, for articles dispatched via this route.

    Postal Union (regular) articles addressed for delivery in Persia other than Abadan, Bushire, and Mohammerah, intended for transmission via the Desert Motor Service, must be so indorsed, but, as indicated above, no special fee will be charged.

    In view of the above the subheading "Desert Motor Service," of the item "Iraq (Mesopotamia) (including Kuwait)—Regular Mails," on page 360 of the annual Postal Guide for 1929, should be superseded by the following:

    "Desert Motor Service.—All Postal Union (regular) articles are dispatched via the Desert Motor Service without extra charge."

    The subheading "Desert Motor Service" of the item "Persia—Regular Mails," on page 427 of the above-mentioned guide, is superseded by the following:

    "Desert Motor Service.Postal Union (regular) articles addressed to Abadan, Bushire, and Mohammerah are dispatched via the Desert Motor Service, while Postal Union (regular) articles destined for delivery in other places in Persia, intended for transmission via the Desert Motor Service, should bear in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope or cover a label with the words 'By overland mail, Damascus-Baghdad,' or, in lieu of the label, be printed plainly as indicated, so that the articles when assorted will not be overlooked. There is no extra fee for articles dispatched via the above service."

W. IRVING GLOVER

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

VOL. LIV

WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1933
Three Pages

NO. 16160

EXTRA FEES FOR DISPATCH BY DESERT MOTOR SERVICE TO IRAQ AND SOUTHERN PERSIA

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, May 2, 1933

    The use of the transdesert motor service from Damascus to Baghdad forthe dispatch of articles in the regular mails to Iraq and Abadan, Bushire, and Mohammerah, Persia, without extra charge is discontinued. Note to this effect should be made in the paragraph "Routing" under the table inthe item "Iraq" on page 439 of the July 1932 Postal Guide and in the paragraph

"Desert motor service" in the item "Persia" on page 526.

    Hereafter articles in the regular mails for Iraq and Persia will be dispatched by the transdesert service from Jerusalem to Baghdad if prepaid the following fees in addition to the regular postage.

        Letters 2 cents each ounce or fraction
        Post cards 2 cents each single card.
        All other articles in the regular mails 2 cents each 2 ounces or fraction
    Articles for this dispatch must be marked "By overland mail Jerusalem Baghdad."
    Articles in the regular mails for Iraq and Abadan, Bushire, and Mohammerah, and other places in southern Persia which are prepaid at only the ordinary rates of postage will be dispatched onward from Europe by the sea route via Bombay. Articles in the regular mails for other parts of Persia which are prepaid only at the ordinary rates of postage will be dispatched overland through Europe via Moscow to Persia.

W. W. HOWES

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

December 11, 1930, Cover from USA to Iraq with "Received by Overland" Receiving Handstamp.

Cover dated 11 December 1930 from USA to Basrah/Iraq. The covers was not intended to be send overland, yet it has received an "Received by Overland" cachet. The reason for the same and the place where this cachet had been struck on has yet to be researched.

 

Reverse side of the cover which may help to trace the routing.

 

 

Also the Postal Guide of July 1933 indicates that mail for this service is to be marked "By Overland Mail, Jerusalem-Bagdad

VOL. LIV

WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1933
TWO PAGES

NO. 16316

LETTERS AND POST CARDS FOR IRAQ

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, December 12, 1933

    Effective at once, letters and post cards addressed for delivery in Iraq which are prepaid at the regular international postage rates will be forwarded from New York for dispatch via the transdesert motor service from Jerusalem to Baghdad, the additional fees heretofore applicable for such dispatch being abolished. No special marking of letters or post cards for Iraq will be required to secure this dispatch.
    The item "Iraq" on page 425 of the July 1933 Postal Guide should be modified as follows:
    Place an asterisk before the items "Printed Matter", "Samples", and "Commercial Papers" in the column "Classification" of the table at the top of the page, and underneath that table add the following note: " *Other articles than letters and post cards intended for dispatch by the Jerusalem - Baghdad transdesert motor service must be prepaid a special fee of 2 cents for each 2 ounces or fraction, in addition to the regular postage."
    Delete the present subitem "Transdesert motor service", and substitute for the first line of the second paragraph of the subitem "Routing" the following: "Letters and post cards prepaid at the regular postage rates and all other articles in the regular mails specially marked 'By overland mail to Baghdad' and prepaid the additional fee for this service are ------- ."
    Insert after the subtitle "Routing" before the words "New York" the following: "Articles other than letters and post cards prepaid at the regular postage rates are dispatched from -------."

W. W. HOWES

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

VOL. LV

WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 1934
TWO PAGES

NO. 16330

LETTERS AND POST CARDS FOR SOUTH AND WEST PERSIA

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, January 3, 1934

    Effective at once, letters and post cards addressed for delivery in South and West Persia which are prepaid at the regular international postage rates will be forwarded from New York for dispatch via the transdesert motor service from Jerusalem to Baghdad, the additional fees heretofore applicable for such dispatch being abolished. No special marking of letters or post cards for South and West Persia will be required to secure this dispatch.
   
The item "Persia" on page 512 of the July 1933 Postal Guide should be modified as follows:

    Place an asterisk before the items "Printed Matter", "Samples", and "Commercial Papers" in the column "Classification" of the table at the top of the page, and underneath that table add the following note: " * Other articles than letters and post cards intended for dispatch by the Jerusalem - Baghdad transdesert motor service must be prepaid a special fee of 2 cents for each 2 ounces or fraction, in addition to the regular postage."
    Delete the present subitem "Transdesert motor service", and substitute for the first line of the second paragraph of the subitem "Routing" the following: "Letters and post cards for the South and West of Persia prepaid at the regular postage rates and all other articles in the regular mails specially marked 'By overland mail to Baghdad' and prepaid the additional fee for this service are - - - - - - -  "

    Change the last three words in the first line of the subitem "Routing" to read: "North Persia—from English Channel - - - - - -  "

    Also, substitute for the words "Southern Persia is" in the fifth line of the first paragraph of the subitem "Routing" the following: "All articles in the regular mails for Sistan Province in the East of Persia and articles other than letters and post cards for South and West Persia prepaid at the regular postage rates are - - - - -  "

W. W. HOWES

Second Assistant Postmaster General

 

VOL. LVII

WASHINGTON, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1934
TWO PAGES

NO. 16508

IRAQ PARCEL POST

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, September 14, 1934

    Arrangements have been made to send parcel-post packages from this country for delivery in Iraq (1) to France (omitting the present service via England and France) and thence via the Mediterranean to Beyrouth, Syria, and from Damascus, Syria, via the transdesert motor route to Baghdad, Iraq; and (2) direct from New York via the Mediterranean to Jaffa, Palestine, and from Jerusalem via the transdesert motor route to Baghdad.

    Accordingly, "Service 3, via England and France" of the item "Parcel Post—(Iraq)" on page 430 of the July 1934 Postal Guide, including the "Routing" paragraph relating to that service, and the second paragraph of the subitem "Observations" (item "Parcel Post—Iraq"), same page, should be deleted.

    Instead the subjoined table should be added to the aforesaid item "Parcel Post—(Iraq)" after the "Routing" paragraph concerning service to and preceding the subitem "The following information relates to all  services."

J. M. DONALDSON

Acting Second Assistant Postmaster General

(Exchange office, New York)

+ Dispatch rate (form 2972) required. (See sec. 81, p. 243.)

* Group Shipments permitted (See p. 245.)

† Compulsory

    

   Routing.—Service 3, New York to France (about 3 times a week), thence weekly via Mediterranean to Beyrouth, Syria; time 17 days. Leave Damascus, Syria, Wednesday or Saturday noon; arrive Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, or Sunday noon.

   Routing.—Service 4, sea direct, leaving New York every other Tuesday; arrive Jaffa, Palestine, nineteenth day (Sunday). Leave Jerusalem Monday a.m., arriving Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday.

 

PERSIA PARCEL POST

SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL

Washington, September 14, 1934

    Arrangements have been made to send parcel-post packages for delivery in Persia, via the Mediterranean to Jaffa, Palestine, and from Jerusalem via the transdesert motor service to Baghdad, Iraq, and thence overland, also via the Persian Gulf to and via Gulf ports.

Accordingly, the subjoined table should be added to the item "Parcel post—(Persia)" on page 518 of the July 1934, Postal Guide, immediately above the subitem "The following information applies to all services."

J. M. DONALDSON

Acting Second Assistant Postmaster General

(Exchange office, New York) 

+ Dispatch rate (form 2972) required. (See sec. 81, p. 243.)

* Group Shipments permitted (See p. 245.)

† Compulsory

 

    Routing.—Service 5, sea direct; leave New York every other Tuesday, arrive Jaffa, Palestine, nineteenth day (Sunday); leave Jerusalem Monday a.m.; arrive Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday; thence overland, also via Persian Gulf to and via Gulf ports.

    It is to be noted that the total postage herein noted covers conveyance only to Persian frontier offices; additional charges for conveyance into the interior are levied bv the Persian administration.

 

 

VOL. LV

WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY, 19, 1936
TWO PAGES

NO. 16869

REGULAR MAIL SERVICE TO IRAQ

    Effective at once the special additional fee heretofore required for the dispatch of regular-mail articles other than letters and post cards for Iraq by the transdesert motor service, is discontinued. Such articles prepaid at only the regular postage rates shown in the table on page 447 of the July 1935 Postal Guide will be dispatched from New York every other week to Jaffa, Palestine, to connect the desert motor service at Jerusalem.

    Accordingly, the following changes should be made in the item "Iraq Regular Mails" on page 447 of the Guide:

    Delete the asteriks in the first coloumn of the table

    Delete beginning with the word "prepaid" in the first line of the first paragraph of the subitem "Routing" (under the table) and through the words "dispatched from" in the third line.

    Add, at the end of the first paragraph: "New York, sea direct, to Jaffa, Palestine, every 2 weeks. Time, 19 days. Jaffa, via Jerusalem to Baghdad. Time, 2 days."

    Substitute the following for the present second paragraph of the said subitem "Routing": "Articles other than letters and post cards, New York, sea direct to Jaffa, Palestine, every 2 weeks. Time, 19 days. Jaffa via Jerusalem to Baghdad. Time, 2 days."

 

VOL. LX

WASHINGTON, April 6, 1939 -Two Pages

NO. 17665

PARCEL POST SERVICE TO IRAQ

    Effective at once the following tables of rates supersede those for "Service 2" and "Service 3" of the item "Parcel Post—Iraq" appearing on page 181 of Part II of the Official Postal Guide:

SERVICE 2

[Endorse parcels for this service "By overland mail, Palestine to Iraq"]

 

SERVICE 3

[Endorse parcels for this service "Via desert motor service from Jerusalem"]

 

AMBROSE O'CONNELL,

Second Assistant Postmaster General.