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Re-Routing and Receiving Handstamps

   

The re-routing handstamps where used in case a letter foreseen to be carried by Airmail had been carried instead by Overland Mail. This was the case either the letter was posted too late for Airmail (RRH-1) or insufficiently pre-paid for Airmail (RRH-2).

The Received by Overland" handstamp (RH-1) was used in case a letter not foreseen to be transported by Airmail had been handed over to and consequently received by the Overland Mail. That handstamp had been used most likely at Overland Mail Haifa Office.

Below table shows ALL covers which are recorded so far, some illustration are lifted from the Collins Handbook and are indicated accordingly. Colored copies would be highly appreciated.

 

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  (1)

Front

Reverse

75 x 24 mm

75,90 x 25,70 mm

On cover dated 29 May 1924 from Baghdad to Switzerland. Baghdad Registration Number 963

RRH-1 (2)

Front

Reverse

75 x 24 mm

74,80 x 25,30 mm

On cover dated 29 May 1924 from Baghdad to Switzerland. Baghdad Registration Number 968

RRH-1 (3)

Front

75 x 24 mm

Cover in the collection of the late Zvi Alexander. Same date as the covers above, Baghdad Registration Number 969

RRH-2

Front

Reverse

 

 

 

Cover in the collection of the late Zvi Alexander.

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

58,60 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.

RH-1-2

Front

59 x 23 mm

Not possible to verify size as item has not seen and scanned by me.

Shown item is from the Zvi Alexander Collection.

RH-1-3

Front
Reverse

59 x 23 mm

58,90 x 24,00 mm

Cover is dated 11 December 1930

RH-1-4

Front

Reverse

59 x 23 mm

59,00 x 23,70 mm

Cover is dated 21 February 1934

RH-1-5

Front

Reverse

59 x 23 mm

Height of 24,40 mm

Width not possible to measure as strike is not complete on right side

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.

RH-1-6

Front

59 x 23 mm

Not possible to verify size as item has not seen and scanned by me.

Cover illustrated in the Handbook of Collins. Colored copy is appreciated.