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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) 

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January 6, 2022 All details of the Belgium Post that i am aware of related to the Overland Mail and its surcharges and routes have been added. Some questions still remain but it is a beginning.
January 4, 2022 Finally i am able to confirm that also the Belgium Post had surcharges for the Overland Mail implemented. The respective page will be updated at the earliest.
Additional decrees from the Austrian Post pertaining the regulations for mail to be transported by the Overland Mail have been added.
December 17, 2021 A new, previously recorded subtype of Imprinted Envelope Type IE-N08, listed as IE-B08c with a imprint is in a very particular brownish color, added.
December 16, 2020 After years of searching, finally the first postal item fro Austria to Iraq from the time when the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa had been in operation. Unfortunately, the known item is from the time when the surcharge had been abolished, yet, out of the transit time it is certain it was carried by the Overland Mail.
December 13, 2021 A previously unrecorded Imprinted Envelope, now listed as IE-N11, has been added. That envelope as shown however was not sent by Overland Mail but by Air Mail, yet, it was initially issued for the use by the Overland Mail. It would be interesting if another such envelopes, but used by the Overland Mail will be found.
October 10, 2021 Card from Ahwaz/Iran with Route Instruction Handstamps HS-11 (2) and HS-N36 (2) added.
October 3, 2021 It took a while until i could discover a previously unrecorded Route Instruction Label. Here now a new discovered one, now listed as L-N03.
August 25, 2021 For over 20 years i was waiting for a cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-54 and then i could purchase two such covers HS-54 (1) and HS-54 (2) from two  different sellers. Interesting (or strangely) that both covers were sent by the same sender at the same date to the same recipient.
August 21, 2021 Additional covers with Route Instruction Handstamps HS-43 (3), HS-43 (4), HS-43-5) and HS-86 (4) added.
August,19, 2021 Size of Route Instruction Handstamp HS-54 (1) added.
August 14, 2021 After more than 20 years i finally can show a cover with Route Instruction Handstamp HS-54 (1). Norman Collins recorded only one cover with this Route Instruction Handstamp, this is now the second recorded cover with an earlier date as recorded earlier.
August 6, 2021 Finally i can show a complete Imprinted Envelope of new delivered type IE-N03a (2) with the imprint not covered so i could be correctly measured.
August 1, 2021 New recorded Imprinted Envelope, now listed as IE-N11, added. That envelope, in initially issued for the use with the Overland Mail was used by Airmail instead.
July 6, 2021 Size of new recorded Imprinted Envelope listed as IE-N10, added.
July 1, 2021 Size and date of use of TOO LATE marking of type TL-1 (2), used at Basrah with BASRAH MAIL postmark added.
June 19, 2021 New recorded Imprinted Envelope, now listed as IE-N10, added.
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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