Welcome to Rainer's
Overland Mail Baghdad Haifa Pages
The information presented on this
website is all I have been able to accumulate at the present time. By no
means I claim the information provided is complete. Unfortunately, many
attempts to ask for information in Postal Archives, Museums and even
collectors are just unanswered. Nevertheless, with the help of several
philatelists, the information presented here has been obtained. Though
this is not as complete as I would like, it does give a fair view of the
story of the Postal History of the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa.
The research is still ongoing and almost on daily/weekly basis I receive additional information or discover information or items, sometimes small, sometimes big.
Unfortunately, the political situation
in the Middle East makes it almost impossible to receive first hand
information. From certain countries no official records exist, namely
Iran, also from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia no official Information exists.
Even western Postal Administrations, when going private, disposed much
of their archives, leaving collectors in the dark..., but as mentioned
earlier there are still nice and knowledgeable helpful people ready to
help as much and good as they can...
The Postal History Section of this
website covers the Route Instruction Markings, Publicity Envelopes and
of course the Overland Mail Surcharges imposed by the Overland Mail.
Furthermore I plan to publish official records and correspondence as
found in some archives to give a good amount of background information
behind the story of the formation of the Overland Mail, political
implications and their means of influence...
For every sub item, please click the menu on the left.
Over the years I have discovered many
items not listed the handbook of Collins and the listing here is an
update of what is known to me. For sure, more items exist, just waiting
to be discovered.
There are still many open questions and I encourage every collector to work with me to solve the open questions of this interesting area.