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Revision History 2019


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December 25, 2019Another cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-82 (2) added.
December 14, 2019Postal Card with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-05 (3) from Baghdad to Lisbon/Portugal added
December 11, 2019New discovered Route Instruction Handstamp (HS-N63) on cover from Baghdad to Jerusalem / Palestine added.
December 2, 2019Original scan and dimension of the cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-44 (4) added.
November 07, 2019Translations of two Greek Post Office Circulars of the Greek post with references to the Overland Mail added. Transcripts and translations of the remaining ones will follow in some time.
October 31, 2019The third copy recorded of Route Infraction Handstamp HS-32 (3) cover to London, UK, added.
October 27, 2019After having discovered the surcharges of the Greek Post for the use of mail carried by the Overland Mail Haifa-Baghdad, i am proud to show the first of such covers known.
October 19, 2019The only known cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-66, known only used from Tauris / Iran, is now in my collection and has been scanned in high resolution and the Route Instruction Handstamps measured in detail.
October 8, 2019Another cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-44 (4) added.
September 19, 2019Images of three Post Office Circulars of the Greek post with references to the Overland Mail added. Transcripts and translations of the same will be added shortly.
September 16, 2019Transcript and translation of the decree issued by Greek Post, declaring the Overland Mail surcharges and instructions, added.
September 12, 2019Finally, with the help of a collector in Greece, I discovered the first Overland Mail surcharges and instructions issued by Greek Post.
September 5, 2019A additional instruction from Poland dated 1932 has been added.
September 3, 2019Some References from Finland on the "Service Transdesertique Syro-Iraquien" added.
August 31, 2019Overland Mail surcharges and transcripts of the regulations of the Austrian Post added.
August 30, 2019Original scans and dimensions of new discovered Imprinted Envelope IE-NL09 added.
August 2, 2019Transcript of 1947 contract between Naim Nathaniel and the Palestinian Postal Authority, found in the UN archive, indicating the termination of the postal transport contract added.
July 28, 2019A late cover (20 October 1949) with the Egyptian Motor Mail label L-13, used on cover from Iraq to Egypt. This cover proves that the Overland Mail through the Syrian Desert to Arab Countries was longer in use as the mail to former Palestine which was apparently stopped the date after the formation of Israel on 14 May 1948
July 15, 2019A registered cover from Baghdad to Paris with a Late Fee Handstamp (LF-X), previously unrecorded on Overland Mail, has been added.
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.