Tuesday, 07 December 2021 20:00

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Auction #10 Closes on Tuesday, 7 Dec. at 22:00 Israel-time (20:00 EST)

Welcome to our new 10th philatelic auction! This is both our smallest (at 150+ lots) but also our most important sale to date, featuring THE BEST Israeli postal history available anywhere in the market. The sale's display reads like a Guinness book of world records - the earliest known, the latest known, the only known covers of various kinds, of historical and philatelic importance, with an emphasis on rare stamp types, rates and routes.
 
The full pdf catalogue is accessible here; the lightweight catalogue is here.
 
A sampling of highlights: first known Palestine Mandate 20 mils coil leader on mail | latest dated Mandate mail from the Jerusalem HPO dated 5 May 1948 | the only known case of legally Taxi routed mail - a large ground-breaking article about which will be published on our blog | the only known registered letter 20m LATE FEE | earliest known EEF Palestine late fee (on printed matter) | the double letter 2pia rate on EEF Palestine mail | SY Argonaut Holyland maritime mail | WWII Nazi German 'Baghdad-overland' mail via PALESTINE, delivered | THE LAST airmail from WWII Nazi Germany to Palestine AFTER war declared | 1949 Israeli army double printed matter franked cover | 26 Apr 1948 arrival stamped LAST AIRMAIL from Mandate Palestine to UK... and there is PLENTY MORE!
 
This is a "buy or bid" sale, where the starting prices can be underbid by up to 25% but lots can be also bought out; maximum bids are kept confidential. There is a 5 minute time extension for bids received within the last minute of the auction time. The buyer's fee is 18%.
 
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We encourage visitors to look closely at the display and read the descriptions carefully: there is a lot of information there, much never seen before, painstakenly assembled from primary sources. Over 90% of the information comes from our compilation called the "Handbook of Holyland Postal History and Philately", available free here; the rest comes from cited sources in the descriptions. There's a lot to learn and much to marvel at. Our latest and pioneering research is published on our website blog. This is our Facebook "Israel-Holyland Philately Research Group" - join us for latest groundbreaking news, from the past!

 

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EEF & 1st Interim period mail 1918-1920 (5)
Inter-war Foreign Postal Links 1921-1939 (19)
Baghdad Overland Mail (1)
Domestic mail 1921-1948 (10)
WWII era Foreign Postal Links with Allied, Liberated & Neutral Countries (13)
WWII era Military Mail (6)
Post WWII-Holocaust Foreign Postal Links (11)
Taxed Mail (2)
WWII era Foreign Postal Links with Axis, Related & Occupied Countries (2)

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Inter-war Foreign Postal Links 1921-1939

075A1002
Rare Palestine Mandate postcard used 3m pictoral stamp on BROWN ribbed paper
DISCOVERY: 3 mils Mandate Pictorals stamp in apple green on undocumented vertically ribbed thick BROWN paper, as printed matter postage tied to 14 SEPT 1931 postmarked picture postcard (Old City Jerusalem - Eliahu Bros) sent from JERUSALEM to tiny locale CAMERLATA Italy; as bearing a message with 5 words or less, charged as surface mailed printed matter. The stamp is compound perforated horizontal...
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2102A1008
Superb Palestine 3m horizontally ribbed stamp on 1937 printed matter cover
SUPERB 3 mils pictorial horizontally ribbed single (Ba #91d) tied to 1937(?) postmarked overseas surface printed matter cover, sent from JERUSALEM to LONDON & virtually untouched by the machine cancel except on the very tips of a few right vertical perforations, otherwise pristine. The machine cancel originally creased the cover so the date is unclear; mailed unsealed but has become sealed due to ...
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Post WWII-Holocaust Foreign Postal Links

076A1011
Jan 1947 late used 5m Palestine Mandate coil stamp on airmail to USA
Late use of continuous roll coil stamp on Mandate mail: 7 JAN 1947 postmarked airmail cover on imprinted business postal stationary, sent from TEL AVIV to NEW YORK CITY, franked 125m per period postage rate using 1x 5m coil stamp (with 14 horizontal holes & cropped vertical edges) + 20m pair & 4pc stamp block & tied by 4x strikes of the head post office postmark; slit open at top. The ...
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Inter-war Foreign Postal Links 1921-1939

095A1012
Horizontally ribbed 5m & 6m Palestine Mandate stamps on 1938 airmail to Germany
Horizontally ribbed 5m & 6m pictorial stamps (Ba #93d/94d) as part of 15m franking on 15 AUG 1938(?) postmarked airmail cover, from TEL AVIV to HAMBURG & tied by 2x strikes of the single circle postmark of the sorting office (i.e. the cover was deposited into a pillar box uncancelled & processed later when the box was emptied); subsequently tied by the thick black "jusqu'a" cross used ...
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075A1013
Horizontally ribbed 6m Palestine Mandate stamp on extra weight 1939 airmail USA
Horizontally ribbed 6m stamp as part of 25m postage affixed to 28 JULY 1939 postmarked airmail cover sent from TEL AVIV to CHICAGO via Imperial Airways as per the 15m 10g letter rate with 10m for additional 10g weight, tied by 3x strikes of the head post office postmark; routed via LONDON where the thick pink jusqu'a bars obliterated the air mail imprint indicating onward transmission by sea mail;...
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Domestic mail 1921-1948

082A1016
Latest known used 10m Palestine booklet stamp sheet frank on 1942 Ramallah cover
MAJOR DISCOVERY - latest known use of Mandate BOOKLET STAMP: 11 MAR 1942 postmarked cover sent from RAMALLAH to HAIFA, franked 10m per inland letter postage rate using 10m single (Ba #97) with half-cropped left gutter & tied by single strike of RAM ALLAH postmark (Dorf #5); backstamped next day arrival. Slit open at top, a tear above the stamp not affecting it.The stamp affixed here features t...
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Post WWII-Holocaust Foreign Postal Links

081A1017
10m Palestine pictorial stamp on grayish colored woven paper on 1946 airmail
DISCOVERY: 10 mils Pictorial stamp on undocumented woven grayish colored paper, as part of 125m postage (using 5x different colored stamps) tied to 11 NOV 1946 air mail commercial cover on imprinted business postal stationary, sent from JERUSALEM to NEW YORK CITY & tie by 3x strikes of the head post office postmark; slit open at left with small piece from top left corner missing, vertically fo...
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Inter-war Foreign Postal Links 1921-1939

160A1042
Rare Jerusalem Palace Hotel postal stationary as 1930s surface mail cover to USA
Jerusalem Palace Hotel postal stationary serving as cover for surface mailed letter sent from JERUSALEM to CAMBRIDGE Massachusettes USA, franked 13m per period overseas surface mail & tied by partial strike of head post office postmark. Scarce mail: this hotel was built by the Supreme Muslim Council, headed by Haj Amin al-Husseini, in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem; a ...
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050A1043
Late use 1932 13m postage rate surface mail cover Palestine Mandate Tel Aviv-UK
Late rate period 13m surface mail rate applied to 29 MAY 1932 cover sent from TEL AVIV to O. H. Hoffe in PRAGUE Czechoslovakia, where the 2m stamp used (with the straight cut top perforation) is probably a booklet stamp taken from the middle of the top row; here the cover was charged 13m just prior to the 15m rate change which took place on 1 June. Of note, based on other correspondence from the c...
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1887A1044
ONLY KNOWN 20m registered letter LATE FEE on double weight 1932 airmail cover UK
THE "HOLY GRAIL": REGISTERED MAIL 20 mils LATE FEE applied to airmailed 27 SEPT 1932 postmarked double weight medium-sized commercial registered air mail cover sent from Orange Growers Cooperative Society in TEL AVIV to business in LONDON, franked 63m per period postage rate for 13m registry fee + 20m base 20g rate via Imperial Airways to London + 10m first tranch additional 20g weight + 20m regis...
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055A1045
Palestine Mandate 1933 Old City Jerusalem Patriarchate surface mail cover to USA
Old City JERUSALEM Mandate mail abroad: 11 DEC 1933 postmarked surface mail cover, sent from the Armenian Patriarchate in JERUSALEM to NEW YORK CITY, franked 15m per period rate to non-UK destination & tied by machine cancel; torn open at left. Rare origin mail....
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049A1046
Palestine Mandate 1935 cover to USA by air to UK then surface mail, jusqua marks
Air and surface mail from Palestine to USA: 22 JUNE 1935 postmarked airmail cover, sent from JERUSALEM to JACKSONVILLE & franked 15m per period postage rate via Imperial Airlines using vertical strip of 3x 5m stamps & tied by 2x strikes of the head post office postmark; with air service up to LONDON - where the thick pink parallel jusqu'a bars obliterating the air mail etiquette were appli...
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156A1047
Palestine Mandate 1936 triple weight airmail cover to Germany with jusqua marks
Mandate air mail abroad: 17 FEB 1936 postmarked airmail cover from TEL AVIV to BERLIN, franked 35m for the period triple weight service via Imperial Airways (15m initial 10g + 2x 10m for additional 20g weight) & tied by 2x strikes of the head post office canceller; subsequently tied by the thick black "jusqu'a" cross used at BRINDISI Italy (Imperial Airways' transit point), at which point the ...
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159A1048
Palestine Mandate 1936 Arab Revolt era airmail cover from Er Ramle to UK
Mandate pre-war airmail: 29 JUNE 1936 postmarked air mail cover, sent from RAMLE to tiny locale BURHAM UK, franked 13m per period Imperial Airways rate to the UK & tied by single strike of the ER RAMLE postmark; torn open at top, trimmed down & resealed (small pieces missing from backflap). Scarce Arab mail from an early stage of the 1936-39 Arab revolt in Palestine, which began in April-M...
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256A1049
1938 Soviet covertly censored mail Palestine Mandate marked Damaged, odd routing
Soviet covertly censored mail as "Damaged" mail: 19 Sept 1938 surface mailed cover from SIMFEROPOL USSR to TEL AVIV, franked 50k per period overseas letter rate & tied by 2x (different?) strikes of the local postmark; backstamped 22 Sept ODESSA transit: although originating in the Crimea and in transit via a major port city, the cover was not sent by sea but by rail to KIEV where a French-lang...
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252A1050
Palestine 1936 airmailed cover to passenger on ship Portugal, returned to sender
Mandate airmail to ship: 17 NOV 1936 postmarked air mail cover, sent from TEL AVIV to addressee on steam ship SS Monte Pascoal at LISBON "Spain" (Portugal), franked 25m & endorsed for air service via KLM; backstamped 30 NOV arrival with machine cancel, but the ship had already left & cover was backstamped 3 DEC 1936 by the local agent's office handstamp "received after departure of the steamer" an...
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153A1051
Palestine 1937 surface mailed cover to Malta via Egypt, many transit postmarks
Unusual Mandate destinations - MALTA: 13 OCT 1937 postmarked surface mailed cover sent from HAIFA to CASA DU LEONI palace in SANTA VENERA Malta, franked 15m per period surface mail abroad using a horizontally ribbed single stamp & tied by a full strike of the head post office cancel; backstamped 16 OCT ALEXANDRIA (Egypt) transit + another unclear possible CAIRO prior to Alexandria & BANHA ...
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161A1052
British All Up 10m airmail rate on 1938 Palestine airmail to South Africa
The "All Up" 10 mils airmail rate: applied to 28 AUG postmarked air mail cover on imprinted business postal stationary, sent from TEL AVIV to JOHANNESBURG South Africa & franked using detached pair of booklet stamps, tied by machine cancel; slit open at top. Although the year is not clear in the datehead it would be either 1938 or 1939 as the All Up unified 10m postage rate to the UK and Empir...
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060A1053
Palestine 1938 33m 5 color franked triple weight surface mail cover to USA
Outbound Mandate triple weight surface mail: 7 NOV 1938 commercial cover on imprinted business postal stationary, from JERUSALEM to TUSCALOOSA USA, franked 33m (using 5x different colored Pictorials stamps) per the period initial weight surface rate to non-UK destinations + 2x additional weight (15m + 2x 9m) & tied by 3x strikes of the local head post office postmark; slit open at top, horizon...
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154A1054
Palestine 1939 airmail to Czechoslovakia with pneumatic mail service transit
Mandate mail abroad with pneumatic mail service: 1 MAY 1939 airmail cover from TEL AVIV to DOBRUSKA Czechoslovakia, franked 15m for the period air mail service via Imperial Airlines; backstamped 4 May PRAGUE-7 transit + 4-digit red number on back - the marking of the Prague pneumatic postal service (mail transmitted inside capsule-containers, propelled through tubes by vacuumed air) which serviced...
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Baghdad Overland Mail

16107A1055
UNIQUE Nazi German 1941 WWII Baghdad overland cover Berlin-Tehran via PALESTINE
EXTRAORDINARY WWII German postal link via PALESTINE: 12 JULY 1941 postmarked registered surface mail cover on imprinted bank postal stationary with teleprinted address, sent from BERLIN to TEHRAN Iran & franked 55pf; with manuscript routing "via Istanbul-Erzurum" + stamped with boxed customs-declaration cachet "foreign exchange bank, contents - no goods"; the cover was opened & sealed by the censo...
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Domestic mail 1921-1948

068A1056
Palestine Mandate postal service postage free 1929 PO Box renewal postcard
Mandate postal service free mail: postage free postal concession applied to 22 JUNE 1929 postmarked post office box renewal card (PT 423A) sent locally in JERUSALEM by registered mail; printed in Hebrew-only and office-receipt stamped by the "Vaad HaIr LeYehudey Yerushalayim", ('Committee of the Jewish Community of Jerusalem') the umbrella organization representing the Jews of Jerusalem. The card ...
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158A1057
Rare 1934 Palestine Mandate 2m printed matter card cover Ein Ganim-Petah Tikva
Palestine Mandate rare type printed matter / small locale: 9 SEPT 1934 postmarked miniature greeting card sized cover sent from MOSHAV EIN GANIM via PETACH TIKVA post to Geula neighborhood in JERUSALEM, containing imprinted Rosh HaShana (Jewish New Year's) greeting; franked 2m per period printed matter rate & front-stamped 21 SEPT arrival. The card was sent before the Petach Tikva post office ...
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157A1058
Rare same-day dispatch/arrival 1939 WWII domestic airmail cover Haifa-Tel Aviv
Palestine Mandate domestic air mail in WWII: 13 SEPT 1939 postmarked cover from dentist in HAIFA to the Haaretz newspaper in TEL AVIV, franked 5m per period inland letter rate & tied by 7am time-stamped postmark; the cover was carried as first-class mail by Palestine Airways as per an arrangement with the Palestine Postal Service for air mail transport between the two cities (in force since 28...
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