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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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This picture gives you an idea how adventurous the mail transport and travel through the desert has been.

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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 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.


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