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Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa Pages



The Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa is a relatively little known part of the middle east postal history, formed after the 1st world war by two young New Zealanders (Captain Norman Nairn and Driver-Mechanic Mr. Gerald Nairn) who had served with the Royal Army Corps

These Pages try to explain primarily the postal history aspect of this company, however, for a good measure also historical facts and background information's like company pamphlets and other miscellaneous items are shown.

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HELP REQUIRED / REQUESTED (Updated 14 July 2018)Whereabouts of known items (Updated 14 July 2018)
Norman Collins Archive, REQUEST FOR HELP TO IDENTIY ITEMS!  (Updated 20 APRIL 2017) 

Whats new!

March 23, 2021 Imprinted envelope of type IE-18 (1) and IE-18 (2) along with information how to identify this type has been added.
January 18, 2021 Cover with new discovered Route Instruction Handstamp, now listed as HS-N67, on cover from Bahrain to Honolulu/Hawaii added.
January 17, 2021 A cover from ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE / Czechoslovakia (Bohemia-Moravia - German Protectorate) dated 31 July 1939  to Ahwaz / Iran via Baghdad added. This cover matches exactly the postal instruction of 31 March1930 issued by Czechoslovakian  Post.
Additional details of the cover from Liepaja / Latvia, dated 16 February 1934 via Beirut to Baghdad added.


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