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Re-Routing and Receiving Handstamps

   

Detailed description will follow shortly

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

RRH-1

Front

Reverse

75 x 24 mm

74,70 x 25,60 mm

On cover dated 29 May 1924 from Baghdad to Switherland

RRH-2

 

 

 

 

RRH-N01

 

 

 

From the late Zvi Alexander collection

Used by US Post New York to indicate that the cover should not be forwarded by the Overland Mail as it is underpaid, Ordinary route to be used instead.

RRH-N02

 

 

 

From the late Zvi Alexander collection

Used by US Post New York to indicate that the cover should not be forwarded by the Overland Mail as it is underpaid, Ordinary route to be used instead.

RH-1-1

Front

59 x 23 mm

58,10 x 23,40 mm

The Arabic script on top of the English text reads "Warada Barran", which means "by overland means" or "came by land".

After many years of collecting, finally I am able to show a re-routing & receiving handstamp.

This is a new earliest date. Earliest date of the previously only one recorded cover was 17 June 1931. Tthis card is sent from Berlin, Germany on 15 October 1929, arrival in Baghdad on 30 October 1929, forwarded to Basrah and arrived there on 1 November 1929.

Collins recorded only one such handstamp on a cover from Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) to Kuwait via Egypt and the Overland route…, the shown cover is sent from Germany, apparently by Airmail to Baghdad, then handed over to the Overland Mail. Why I can not explain so far.

Detailed explanation for that cover is coming shortly.

RH-1-2

Front

59 x 23 mm

 

Shown item is from the Zvi Alexander Collection.
I now have investigated 2 of the 3 items known bearing the RH-1 handstamp. I strongly believe this handstamp has been used at the office in Damascus for mail that was received by the Overland Mail office in Damascus that was foreseen to be carried by other means / routes of transport but stranded for certain reasons in Damascus where it was handed over to the Overland Mail, marked accordingly and subsequently transported to Iraq.
Both items were transported for different reasons on routes leading via Damascus from where the fastest way to Iraq was via the Overland Mail. The third cover known (from Saudi Arabia) i have not seen the front mage but based on the routing description i am also certain it travelled thru Damascus.
 

RH-1-3

Front
Reverse

59 x 23 mm

Cover not yet in my collection, hence dimension of the handstamp can not be verified.

Cover is dated 11 December 1930

RH-1-4

Front

59 x 23 mm

Cover not yet in my collection, hence dimension of the handstamp can not be verified.

Cover is dated 21 February 1934

RH-1-5

Front

59 x 23 mm

Cover sent from East Aurora / USA (1 May 1934) to Jerusalem, franked with a total of 32 cents. Cover was transported as per the routing instruction via First S.S from New York to London from where it was sent by ordinary mail route to Jerusalem.  Since the recipient of the cover was transferred to Baghdad / Iraq, the cover also was forwarded and handed over to the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa  (See Re-Routing Instruction) and has arrived in Baghdad on 19 May 1934.

Postage Fee will be analyzed and result of the research will be posted shortly.

Cover not in my collection, hence dimension of the handstamp can not be verified.