Tuesday, 07 December 2021 20:00

Auction General Information:

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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1) Mandate Termination Period (9)
2) Minhelet Haam-Interim period (11)
3) Interim Period Foreign Postal Links (1)
4) 1947-1949 War of Independence related mail (5)
5) 14-16 May 1948 1st Day Israel Mail (1)
9) Besieged Jerusalem (20 April-20 June) (5)
11) Post-Siege Interim Jerusalem (after 20 June) (1)
13) Service Suspended Mail (by belligerents) (2)
14) 1947-49 Arabian mail in War of Independence (2)
15) Emergency Postal Services & Foreign links (1)
16) Early Foreign Postal Links (1)
17) Interim & Provisional Taxed Mail (1)
10) Besieged locales: Other Locales (1)

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1) Mandate Termination Period

283A1102
1948 Independence War airmail cover Jerusalem-Switzerland couriered & posted in Tel Aviv
War of Independence affected mail - closure of Jerusalem General Post Office: [Friday] 16 JAN 1948 postmarked airmail cover addressed to family member Rafael Erlanger in LUZERN Switzerland from sender Joseph Erlanger in JERUSALEM - but postmarked & dispatched in TEL AVIV by a courier, as the Jerusalem GPO had closed between 1-4 and 5-11 January for security reasons affecting the Jewish and Ara...
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172A1103
1948 Israel Independence War cover Jerusalem-Netanya couriered & posted in Tel Aviv
War of Independence affected mail from JERUSALEM - 23 MAR 1948 postmarked cover sent from TEL AVIV to NETANYA, with return address in JERUSALEM handstamped on the front; franked 10m per period postage rate & tied by single strike of the head post office canceller: evidently the cover was couriered from Jerusalem and posted in Tel Aviv, a likely necessity owing to limited mail service at Jerusa...
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257A1104
Mar 1948 late Palestine Mandate surface mail cover to USA + MAY arrival postmark
Late Mandate surface mail abroad: 25(?) MARCH 1948 postmarked commercial cover from TEL AVIV to business in EAST HAMPTON New York USA, franked 20m per period surface rate & tied by single strike of the local Head Post Office canceller; subsequently front-stamped 5 MAY East Hampton transit-arrival. Posted during the period of the gradual termination of the Mandate postal service & postal services t...
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491A1105
Mar 1948 last known airmail cover Egypt - Palestine/Israel before postal boycott
LAST MAIL FROM EGYPT - latest recorded incoming cover prior to 1948 Egyptian seizures of mail to Palestine & mail suspension: 24 MARCH 1948 postmarked air mail registered cover from Elyakim Struck in ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia to Mrs. Chava Motolsky in TEL AVIV, franked 80c per period rate & tied by 2x strikes of the local postmark on the front; backstamped 26 March FAROUK AIRPORT 1am transit + another ...
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176A1106
Late Mandate airmail to UK sent on first flight of reduced April 1948 BOAC schedule
Late Palestine Mandate era airmail: 31 MARCH 1948 postmarked commercial cover on imprinted business postal stationary, from TEL AVIV to MILLIKENPARK Scotland UK, franked 25m per period rate & tied by a single full strike of the head post office canceller; slit open at top.Here carried on BOAC's new reduced flight schedule starting April 1st: as time-stamped 11am, the cover met the 12pm dispatch de...
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261A1107
15 April 1948 Last Czech airmail cover into Palestine Mandate, CSA via Lydda
LAST CZECH AIRMAIL INTO MANDATORY PALESTINE: 15 APRIL 1948 postmarked air mail cover sent from PRAGUE to TEL AVIV, franked 10kr & tied by single strike of the local postmark; as not registered mail, not backstamped with transit or arrival postmarks, but this cover was carried on one of the last CSA Czechoslovakian Airlines flights into LYDDA during the period of the Mandate. The regularly schedule...
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481A1108
April 1948 Last British BOAC airmail cover ex Palestine Mandate 26 Apr BACKSTAMP
LAST BRITISH BOAC AIRMAIL OUT OF MANDATORY PALESTINE: [Sunday] 18 April 1948 postmarked commercial air mail cover on Spinneys Ltd business postal stationary, from HAIFA to business in MITCHAM United Kingdom, franked 25m per period rate to the UK & tied by single strike of the local postmark; backstamped office receipt [Monday] 26 April 1948 with 8:45 time stamp - a rare and critical proving da...
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161A1109
1948 Last British BOAC airmail cover ex Palestine Mandate posted 19 April Tel Aviv
LAST BRITISH BOAC AIRMAIL OUT OF MANDATORY PALESTINE: [Monday] 19 April 1948 postmarked commercial air mail cover on imprinted business postal stationary, from TEL AVIV to business in MILLIKENPARK Scotland UK, franked 25m per period rate to the UK & tied by single strike of the head post office canceller. A similar cover postmarked 18 April from Haifa to the UK, with backstamped (office) arriv...
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374A1110
2 May 1948 Latest Known airmail cover ex Palestine Mandate, accepted Tel Aviv PO
LATEST KNOWN postmarked outbound MANDATE era airmail, [Sunday] 2 MAY 1948 from TEL AVIV to business in CHICAGO, franked 65m per period air mail rate to the US & tied by 4 strikes of the Head Post Office public counter double-ring postmark + British airmail etiquette - the cover was actually handed in in-person & accepted for dispatch, not postmarked by the sorting office going through accu...
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2) Minhelet Haam-Interim period

9114A1111
UNIQUE 1st day interim cover Haifa Head Post Office 6 May 1948 with TAXI ROUTING
POSTAL HISTORY GOLD (2x DISCOVERIES) - prepaid Taxi mail as 1st day Minhelet Haam interim post at Haifa Head Post Office, with Mandate machine cancel: 6 MAY 1948 postmarked commerical cover from HAIFA to Dr. Oskar Jehoshua Gruenbaum at 101 Yehuda HeLevy Street in TEL AVIV "via Taxi Kesher", franked 10m per period letter rate using interim frank on first day of use at the HPO & tied by Mandate-...
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289A1112
May 1948 interim cover Tel Aviv-Haifa postmarked Haifa HPO, likely carried by TAXI
TAXI MAIL groundbreaker: undated 10-14 May period 1948 interim commercial cover on Haaretz newspaper imprinted postal stationary, return addressed to Haaretz in TEL AVIV and sent to the newspaper's post office box address in HAIFA - and postmarked in Haifa at the head post office; franked 30m using 3x 10m interim stamps (likely for 10m base letter rate + 3x 6m additional weight, with 2m overpaid) ...
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155A1113
May 1948 rare type 5 Palestine Chaos Govt Tohuwabohu stamp on Haifa-Tel Aviv cover
Late Mandate "Tohuwabohu" franked mail: 7 MAY 1948 postmarked cover, sent from HAIFA to TEL AVIV & franked 10m for the domestic letter postage rate using a Mandate 10m pictorial overprinted with "PAL.CHAOS GOVT." in English & the equivalent (unabbreviated) in Hebrew below - a 5th and rare type of this "government tohuvabuhu" type stamps. As per the double ring cancel, the cover was posted in perso...
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156A1114
May 1948 genuinely used interim postcard sent locally in Tel Aviv
1948 interim Israel era dateless postal card with family correspondence sent locally in TEL AVIV & franked 10m with interim stamp for the period 7m inland postcard rate + tied by the local interim postmark; rare as a genuinely used interim period postcard...
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053A1115
May 1948 interim registered cover Herzliya-Tel Aviv, undocumented stamp varieties
Rare & discovery Herzl interim franks on cover: undated registered cover from HERZLIYA to TEL AVIV, franked 26m (10m base letter rate + 15m registry fee,1m overpaid) using 10m blue with 1946 Jewish State overprint (Ba #8) + 10m violet with red DOAR overprint (Ba #7c) + tete-beche pair of 5m green (Ba #5) + Ba #5 single - where Ba #8 and #7c are overprinted in blue - this undocumented; tied by mult...
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260A1116
1948 interim Israel Tel Aviv large 7x heavy weight 68m franked registered cover
1948 interim Israel heavy weight cover: undated interim era large sized registered cover, sent locally within TEL AVIV (return address is that of the Nordau Hotel), franked 68m per period rate (15m registration fee + 10m initial 30g letter fee + 42m for 7x 30g additional weight, with 1m overpaid) using 3x stamp blocks (Ba #9/11-12) & tied by 3x strikes on front + 2x on back of the local interim po...
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6104A1117
Rare 1948 interim Israel War Independence printed matter cover to NAHARAYIM
NAHARAYIM 1948: interim period rare commercial printed matter cover sent from Kupat Holim (HMO) in TEL AVIV to branch in NAHARAYIM via KINNERET Post Office, franked 3m (Ba #3) per period rate & unsealed per printed matter regulations.Exceptionally rare postal history as the tiny hydroelectic-station locale, on the Palestine/Israel-Jordan border, was largely evacuated on 12 April and attacked b...
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1294A1118
1948 interim postcard Givat Haim-Jerusalem MENTIONS last Mandate Jerusalem mail
RARE postal history documentation on 1948 interim Israel postal card sent with Piker family correspondence from Shlomo at the small locale of Kibbutz GIVAT HAIM to Nechama at Mekor Baruch neighborhood of JERUSALEM, franked 8m per period 7m rate using interim stamps (including Ba #1e with red overprint) & tied by single strike of the local postmark; with personal message written by a religious pers...
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21103A1119
ONLY KNOWN 1948 interim LATE FEE on printed matter cover ex Haifa Head Post Office
1948 interim Israel era LATE FEE cover: undated local HAIFA commercial cover to texile company at MOUNT CARMEL, sent from the HEAD POST OFFICE & franked 12m per period letter rate (10m per 30g weight or part thereof) + 2m LATE FEE, using interim stamps 2x 5m + 1x 2m and tied by 2x strikes of the interim HPO split ovals canceller - a rare combination as this interim cancel device was instituted lat...
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157A1120
Unique mention Musli Neighborhood Haifa in address on 1948 interim cover to Tel Aviv
UNIQUE small locale mail: undated 1948 interim Israel era commercial cover to lawyer in TEL AVIV from Yaakov Musli in HAIFA, return addressed "Musli Neighborhood" (Shechunat Musli); franked 20m for letter rate + additional weight (10m + 6m, 4m overpaid) using 2x Ramat Gan 25th anniversary stamps (Ba #26) tied by single strike of deformed interim cancel, possibly Hadar HaCarmel (based on the style ...
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288A1121
Rare HAIFA transit marked 1948 interim Israel ROSH PINNA postmark register cover
DISCOVERY: HAIFA transit mark on Rosh Pinna interim cancelled small locale mail: undated registered cover from TEL AVIV to KVUTZAT HULIOT (Kibbutz Sde Nehemia) via ROSH PINNA POST, franked 30m for 15m registry + 10m letter rate + 6m additional weight here underpaid 1m without sanction, using interim stamps; backstamped 12 MAY 1948 HAIFA REGISTERED transit with late usage of Mandate postal marks du...
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3) Interim Period Foreign Postal Links

291A1122
1948 interim period LAST incoming airmail 1st special CSA flight 14 May backstamp
Last incoming air mail during Minhelet Haam interim period - Independence Day arrival: 5 MAY 1948 postmarked registered airmail cover sent from ARAD Romania to PARDESS HANNA, franked 78 Lei + 1 Lei airmail tax (6 Lei franking detached & missing from the back) & tied by 3x strikes of the local postmark on front/back; backstamped 7 May BUCHAREST AIRMAIL transit & 14 MAY PARDESS HANNA arr...
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4) 1947-1949 War of Independence related mail

157A1123
May 1948 besieged Jerusalem stampless cover ex City Commander to army commander
1948 War of Independence mail in besieged JERUSALEM: 7 MAY 1948 postmarked stampless cover sent from the City Commander (the civilian Dov Yosef) to the Commander of the Hagana field companies (Shlomo Shamir), bearing the circular cacher of the City Commander on the front and dated posting/registry handstamp on the back. The cover does not bear the Jerusalem "signals corps" M-K circular handstamp a...
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292A1124
Apr 1948 Destinaire Parti cover Egypt to besieged Jaffa; 2x no service markings
1948-49 War "Destinaire Parti" Arab mail: April 1948 era surface mailed cover sent from ALEXANDRIA Egypt to Arab correspondent in JAFFA, franked 22m per period postage rate & tied by 2x strikes of the local postmark on front + backstamp (unclear, may be CAIRO); JAFFA was under siege by Jewish forces from 25 April (surrendering on 13 May) - the cover couldn't be routed to the head post office in th...
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180A1125
1948-49 War Arab POW mail West Bank via Iraqi Army & Red Cross to Israeli camp
1948-49 War Arab POW mail: undated stampless cover addressed in Arabic to a prisoner of war referencing his name and prisoner number; sent unsealed & tied on back by the Iraqi Army negative censor cachet, whose expeditionary force operated in area of Qalqilya-Tulkarem-Nablus-Jenin between 15 May 1948 & April 1949; front-stamped by the Red Cross GENEVA circular cachet + Israeli base censor oval han...
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