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Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa Pages

Revision History 2019


The newest updates are always listed on the Index Page of this website.


June 16, 2019A cover from Italy sent in February 1928 to Iraq and carried by the Overland Mail added.
My "own philatelic writings" page with articles related to the Overland Mail has been updated.
June 7, 2019A previous unrecorded Route Instruction, now listed as HS-N62 added. That Route Instruction Handstamp is similar to HS-23, HS-24, HS-25, HS-26, HS-27, HS-28, HS-N10, HS-N11, HS-N39. HS-N41 and HS-N60 but the design of the horizontal ornamental line is always slightly different.
May 31, 2019I could purchase an imprinted envelope of type IE-22, the second copy of this imprinted envelope recorded.
May 28, 2019A warrant has been added, issued on March 31, 1924 by the British Post, that authorized the desert motor route service.
May 23, 2019A collector friend informed that he found a cover from Czechoslovakia to Baghdad carried by the Overland Mail. In addition that cover carries a previously unrecorded Route Instruction Label, now listed as L-N02
New Discovered Route Instruction Handstamp, classified by precious owner as HS-74 listed as new discovered Route Instruction Handstamp HS-N61.
May 20, 2019Second cover (the third known) with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-44 (2) added.
May 19, 2019Second reported copy of HS-N25 (2) used from the same sender as the first reported cover (Banque Nationale de Perse, Succursale de Kermanchah) added.
May 17, 2019While going though some auction catalogue I noted a few items not listed yet.
Imprinted Envelope IE-NL09
Nice variant of Imprinted envelope IE 27 (var) which was briefly mentioned in an article in OPAL issue 214 in June 2006.
May 13, 2019A 1890 map (extract) added which shows the Post Route through the desert from Damascus to Baghdad.

April 13, 2019

Bradbury Wilkinson photographic essays for a proposed "Overland Mail" stamps for Iraq added.

April 8, 2019

The earliest recorded use of Route Instruction Handstamp HS-08 (8) has been found by me and added.

March 18, 2019

By coincidence I discovered a previously unrecorded imprinted envelope, now listed as IE-N03. Item not in my collection and i would appreciate an information on/from the current owner

March 17, 2019

After many years of collecting and researching I finally can add an Imprinted Envelope IE-23. The new discovered item is dated 22 December 1928 and now the earliest used copy known.

March 15, 2019

Finally, the original cover already reported on 12 May 2018 with new discovered Route Instruction Handstamp HS-N58, is in my collection and size of the route instruction measured and added.

March 3, 2019

After many years the first advertising pamphlet with Arabic Text found.

March 2, 2019

A variety of Imprinted Envelops IE-08 (VAR) discovered where the full stops (.) after MAIL and HAIFA in the Route Instruction are not underneath of each other.

A newspaper clipping from a unknown newspaper, dated 30 August 1930, informing about the departure of the trial trip on 30 August 1923 and already informing about the postal rate and surcharge for the use of the Overland Mail has been added.

February 24, 2019

Image of cover with rouletted Label L-10 added.

February 22, 2019

I am glad to report the first new discovered Route Instruction Label since the monograph by Norman Collins had been published almost 30 years ago. The label is now listed as Label Type L-N01. More details will follow shortly.

February 19, 2019

The cover with Route Instruction Label L15 (2) is now in my hands an high resolution images have been added.

February 18, 2019

The section "The End of he Overland Mail" has been modified and separate pages with latest known covers from Palestine and Jordan (via Beyrouth) added. More covers will be added as I will be aware of them.

February 12, 2019

Further Transport Company "Levant Express Transport S.A." added

February 11, 2019

Copy of cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-66 added.

February 10, 2019

My Overland Land Mail Baghdad-Haifa Exhibit hosted by Exponate Online, the site of the German Philatelic Association (BDPh) has been embedded on this site. The images in larger quality can be viewed at the original site.

January 27, 2019

Another strike of Route Instruction Handstamp HS-76 (5) added. The latest reported use of this handstamp.

January 22, 2019

I have been informed about another cover with Route Instruction Label L15 (2), cover not in my collections, hence the images are not of the best quality.

January 18, 2019

Deciphered the handwritten remarks on the draft Contract between Nairn and the Iraqi Post in October 1923.