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The Route Instruction Handstamps, cont. HS-26 - HS-50

   

I do not agree with the classification by previous specialist. I feel that several of the lists types are in fact identical. However, in 1990, measurements were done by ruler, sometimes only based on photocopies which definitely will lead to small wrong measurements. However, until my theory is proven, I will continue with the previous numbering. Notes on my findings are mentioned in the comment column.

Notes:

  • Black and White (B/W) images are images copied from the handbook and are only shown as reference, neither in actual size, nor are they described.

  • If a link in the colum "Cover Image" is provided, a fully size high resolution image of the cover bearing the respective Handstamp. That image will open in a new layer.

  • If you copy the image that has been scanned from the original cover and open and enlarge it with a graphic program you will see measuring lines around the handstamp imprint. These lines indicate the measuring border from which the actual measurement has been taken.

Handbook Number

Image

Cover Image

Handbook Size

Measured size
(from items in my collection)

Comment

HS-26

HS-27

Front
Reverse

57 x 14 mm

56,70 x 16,40 mm

HS-27

HS-28

HS-29

HS-30

Front
Reverse

59 x 10 mm

Cover not yet in my hands, dimensions will be added shortly.

HS-31

Front

B/W image from the previous collection of Art Groten

HS-32 (1)

Front

55,50 x 19  mm

From the late Zvi Alexander collection.

Used by Abraham Haim, Baghdad, Iraq

HS-32 (2) Front
Reverse
55,50 x 19  mm 55,40 x 19,40 mm Cover dated 19 August 1926 sent to Ninove, Belgium.
U
sed by Abraham Haim, Baghdad, Iraq

HS-33

Front
Reverse

B/W image from the previous collection of Art Groten

HS-34

Front

50 x 15 mm

50,30 x 15,80 mm

HS-35

Front

Reverse

63 x 22 mm

62,90 x 22,70 mm

HS-35 (2)

Front

Reverse

     

HS-36

Front

44 x 8 mm

From the late Zvi Alexander collection.

HS-37

Front

86 x 4 mm

From the late Zvi Alexander collection.

HS-38

Front

85,50 x 4 mm

83,70 x 4,50 mm

HS-38 (2) Front
Reverse
85,50 x 4 mm Coming Soon Cover dated 4 March 1924, earliest known date

HS-39

HS-40 (1)

Front
Reverse

84 x 4 mm

84,60 x 4,80 mm

Letter dated X0 April 1926, latest known date

HS-40 (2)

Front

84 x 4 mm

85,60 x 5,20 mm

Handstamp somehow bent, cover dated 19.08.1924.

HS-40 (3)

Front

84 x 4 mm

85,20 x 5,30 mm

Handstamp somehow bent, Cover dated 7 April 1924, earliest known date

HS-40 (4) Front
Reverse
84 x 4 mm Coming Soon Cover dated 12 May 1925

HS-41

HS-42

HS-43

Front

89 x 4 mm

88,20 x 4,10 mm

HS-43 (2)

Front
Reverse

89 x 4 mm

Cover dated 18.11.1926 from Teheran to Vienna, Austria

HS-44

Front
Reverse

68 x 4,50 mm

66,50 x 6,00

On cover dated 7 October 1933 from Baghdad to Germany the second cover known. Height of the Handstamp measured up to the lower end of the "y" in "By".

HS-45 (1)

Front
Reverse

57 x 8 mm

On Registered cover from Kermanchah to Syria dated 08.12.1928

From the collection of Bjorn Sohrne, scanned by owner without reference scan, size therefor not possible to measure. Image shown with permission of owner of the cover.

HS-45 (2)    width appr. 57 mm   Image taken from the photo archive Ex Norman Collins. No knowledge of sender or receiver, nor correct dimensions.

HS-46

HS-47

 

HS-48 

HS-49 

HS-50 

Front

 70 x 11 mm

70,50 x 11,50 mm