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Overland Mail Baghdad Haifa Pages
 

The Late Fee Handstamps

   

For the Late Fee charges, please view the Postal Rates for Iraq page. For the Late Fee charges for Palestine, please view the Postal Rates for Palestine page..

 

3 Types of Late Fee handstamps (2 Paid & 1 Unpaid) are known for Iraq, plus a "Too Late" handstamp.

 

Recent research makes me believe that these Late Fee handstamps do not belong the Overland Mail but were applied by Iraqi Post Office. Nevertheless, covers with these handstamps are very rare.

NOTE: 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.

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 column "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

LF-1

 

54 mm
black

54,90 x 9,60 mm

Cover dated 24 September 1925

LF-1

54 mm
black
 

54,10 x 10,70 mm 
black

This Late Fee Paid marking looks somehow different and I have no explanation for this. Eventually there were 2 different types?
On cover dated 5. August 1926

LF-1

Front

Reverse

54 mm
black
 

54,80 x 9,10 mm

On cover dated 4. November 1926

LF-2

 

69 mm 
black

70,30 x 9,20 mm
violet
 

On cover dated 18. October 1934, so far the latest known usage of this Late Fee Not Paid marking.

LF-2

 

69 mm 
black

70,20 x 9,40 mm
violet
 

On cover from Baghdad dated 20.02.1929

LF-3-1

Front

Reverse

35 x 21 mm

35,70 x 21,80 mm

On a imprinted envelope from Basrah, dated 25 January 1927

LF-3-2

Front

Reverse

35 x 21 mm

Cover in the Zvi Alexander Collection

TL-1

Front

Reverse

27 x 6 mm

Owner "Anonymous". Cover is dated 5 November 1925, sent from Basrah to Algeria.

Cover not in my collection so dimension could not be measured.