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023134272
1903 Ottoman Palestine Holyland wrapper SAFED to Jewish business in HOLLESCHAU
Ottoman post office 1903 postmarked printed-matter wrapper sent from SAFFED to Jewish liqueur business in HOLLESCHAU, Moravia ("via Vienna Post"), posted at the Ottoman Turkish post office & franked 10 para per printed-matter rate using a Ba #165 stamp (oddly not the 'matbua' overprinted type for printed-matter mailed abroad) & tied by scarce blue local postmark (PM5/Ba 812b); backstamped 25 Mar 1...
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018144209
1906 Turkish post office GAZA-JAFFA official mail cover to court house
Ottoman Turkish post GAZA date bridge postmark (Ba #794) dated 3 Nov 1906 (last digit inverted as "9") tied to stampless official mail cover sent from local court to court in JAFFA, backstamped next day JAFFA-2 arrival; with 2x intaglio negative seals on tied to front & back; cut open at right. Muenz certification enclosed....
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019144210
Superb 1908 red JAFFA-JEROUSALEM TPO Turkish postmark on official mail cover
Superb strike of red JAFFA-JEROUSALEM travelling post office TPO postmark (Ba #977r - rarity rated S4) dated 27 March 1908 tied to stampless official mail cover addressed to a court; cut open at bottom & left and partially resealed by the collector. The strike bears the name JERUUSALEM as the letter "O" is documented damaged through use. This example is better than the red and black strikes in the...
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015144010
Holyland Armenia Patriarch couriered 1910 stampless cover Jerusalem-Aleppo Syria
Holyland stampless mail: 1910 dated cover on Union Bank stationary, sent from Bishop Papken of the Armenian Patriarchate in JERUSALEM to "Father Hakob Karamanukyan, Halep" (ALEPPO Syria); tied at back with the Patriarchate's cachet. Although eligible for free mail as a religious institution, under the Ottoman postal service the cover was likely couriered as it does not bear a postmark and the addr...
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022144177
Ottoman NASRE Nazareth blue postmark on 1913 postal card + black CAIFFA transit
Full strike of Ottoman NASRE (Nazareth) postmark in blue (Ba #808b), dated 3 Oct 1913 & tied to 20 Para imprinted prepaid Ottoman postal card (Ba #726) with same-day dated message in French, sent to ZURICH; backstamped with faint CAIFFA transit postmark in black (Ba #791) - Bale unlisted in black for "Chaiffa"....
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021144298
Double franked 1915 WWI Ottoman-Turkish postal card, invalidated imprinted frank
Double franked WWI era Ottoman-Turkish mail: 30 Dec 1915 postmarked postal card, sent from HAIFA to addressee at Anglo-Austrian Bank in GRAZ Austria, franked 20 para per period postage rate - but here with stamp affixed over the imprinted frank, as of 1915 imprinted franking on postal stationary was no longer valid for overseas postage; tied by single strike of the local postmark; front-stamped 3 ...
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031133869
5x covers & letters Jerusalem-Holland WWI 1915-1919 via Turkish & UK army post
Ottoman Palestine/Holyland WWI correspondence: lot of 5x covers sent during Ottoman & British control of the Holy Land, 1915/1918-1919, all to same addressee in THE HAGUE Holland and most appear to be sent from JAFFA + British SZ 45 & SZ 20; the covers are mostly in poor condition, most missing the stamps - but mostly complete physically and bear many dispatch, transit & censor marks: some Turkish...
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027144207
1917 Only Known HALASA 1 Turkish Palestine Post Office postmarked cover
HALASA 1 (Halutza/Khalasa) - Major Rarity: 2x strikes of the PM1 postmark dated 1 Oct 1917 tied to uprated 1914-issue Ottoman 20 Para imprinted postal stationary envelope (Ba #799) addressed to officer at telegraph station in DIYARBAKIR (southern Turkey), written by a sender at the local roadside inn (manuscript at bottom right); 3x stamps are visibly missing, constituting the postage for an overs...
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018131325
Ottoman Turkish Beersheva BIR-ES-SEBA 2 all-Arabic postmark on telegram receipts
World War I era Turkish Beersheva BIR-ES-SEBA 2 (Ba 883) rare all-Arabic postmark: 1918-dated 5 full strikes tied to block of 20x 1916 3rd series War Orphans overprinted 20pa stamps (Ba 464/289) - 400 Para - gummed on back of partially torn ledger sheet of 5 attached telegram receipts (with signatures & Arabic manuscript), i.e. 80 Para per receipt....
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Foreign Post Offices

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1874 Palestine French Holyland franked cover JERUSALEM-COGNAC via JAFFA & Egypt
Palestine Forerunners - the French Holyland Post: 3rd pre-UPU period OCT 1874 folded commercial letter (dated 28 Oct) from JERUSALEM to COGNAC France, franked 80c at the 1871-76 5th postage rate period's letter rate using French Ceres stamp; although a French-run postal agency existed in JERUSALEM (under the Damiani family), here letter transmitted by non-affiliated forwarding agent "W. Duisberg" ...
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017144211
Unocumented Austrian Lloyd Steamer Euterpe cachet on JERUSALEM-Germany wrapper
Undocumented violet oval cachet of the ship LLOYD AUSTRIACO PIROSCAFO EUTERPE (Steamer 'Euterpe') tied to 10 Para overprinted imprinted 5 Heller frank on front of 1900 edition prepaid wrapper of the Austrian Holy Land post office (Ba #151); undated; addressed to addressee in KARLSRUHE Germany & tied by carmine illustrated return-address handstamp of Reinhold Aberle of JERUSALEM.The sender is docum...
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019144798
Unlisted JAFFA SYRIE French Holyland PO postmark tying 1901 postcard to Britain
Discovery: undocumented JAFFA SYRIE postmark of French Holy Land post office, double ringed (solid lines), dated 10 SEPT [19]01 with narrow "JAFFA" but unitalicized month (similar to Ba #312), tying face & 10 centimes black/pink French SAGE postage stamp affixed to picture post card (at the ruins of Capernaum) addressed to PLYMOUTH Great Britain, and sent by a Christian pilgrim aboard the ship "No...
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029144119
Unique 1906 Holyland French post office taxe handstamped postage due postcard
Taxed French post office Holyland mail + discovery: 27 Aug 1906 postmarked picture postcard (Jerusalem - Mosque of Omar; Hermann Striemann) with 25 Aug. dated message numbering 5 words, sent from JERUSALEM to DRESDEN Germany & franked 5c for the printed matter rate (as bearing 5 words or less); likely deposited into a letter box and subsequently postmarked - but also marked for postage dues with t...
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019143407
Unlisted Hall & Co Jaffa forwarding agents handstamp on Holyland German PO mail
Hall & Company Jaffa forwarding agents via German Holy Land post office: 1907 era postmarked picture postcard (Jerusalem - Dome of the Rock interior), sent from JAFFA to addressee at hotel in BRIGHTON (Britain); the franking is missing but as the postcard bears a message longer than 5 words (on front) the rate was likely overseas postcard at 20 para, here tied by the local German post office postm...
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019144299
Undocumented Jerusalem forwarding agent handstamp on Holyland German PO mail
German Holy Land post office + forwarding agent: unlisted ALBERT R. MIZRAHI | JERUSALEM PALESTINE light green oval cachet hand dated 24/6/10 in red pen, tied to picture postcard (Bedouin from Jericho) manuscript endorsed "Imprime" (printed matter) on top back in black pen, addressed to VEVEY Switzerland + further manuscript marked in red ink "3/4" & "verso" (turn over) in corner area for the posta...
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023144108
1914 Holyland Palestine Austrian Post domestic postage dues mail stampless cover
Holyland Palestine Austrian Post domestic taxed mail: 20 May 1914 postmarked printed matter cover on imprinted postal stationary of the Social Democratic Workers Party ('Poalei Zion'), sent from JAFFA to JERUSALEM; endorsed with red handstamp as "printed matter" but posted unfranked (likely entered that way into a letter box and postmarked later, rather than refused upon presentation at the public...
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020144278
1914 rare German Holy Land post office postage-free JAFFA cover local business
Rare - free mail postal concession of the German Holy Land post office: 3 June 1914 postmarked stampless cover sent locally within JAFFA, addressed in German to a Mr. Harari ("herrn Harari") at the English Girl's School ("Engl. Madschenschule"); backflap missing.A rare example of civilian free mail - not stampless "official mail" - offered by the German post office: this is as yet an undocumented ...
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035144186
Rare 1914 WWI Austria-Hungary mail to Palestine transmitted via British censor
EXTRAORDINARY WWI postal link - Austria-Hungary via British Censor to Ottoman Palestine (Central Powers mail facilitated by Britain): 24 Sept 1914 postmarked uprated postal card (stamp missing) bearing message in Hebrew-written Yiddish, sent from BUDAPEST to JERUSALEM & tied by local machine cancel (with offset imprint on reverse); subsequently tied by boxed violet handstamp FORWARED BY BRITISH CE...
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019144253
1916 Ottoman Palestine mail to USA sent via ENEMY Britain & censored - ARRIVED
WWI enemy mail transited by the Allies: 2 Oct 1916 postmarked cover sent from JERUSALEM to NEW YORK, franked 1.10 Piastre per period 20g letter rate abroad using 2x 1915 1st series war overprinted stamps & tied by JERUSALEM-2 octogonal postmark; the cover may have been sent northwards by rail where subsequently tied by BEIRUT star & crescent censor handstamp. As of 5 Nov. 1914 Britain and Turkey w...
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022134101
1917 WWI Holyland German army Palestine registered cover NAZARETH-DAMASCUS
WWI German military post in Palestine: 29 Dec 1917 postmarked stampless large registered cover sent from field post office Deutche Feldpost 663 (unit located in NAZARETH since 9 Dec.) to DAMASCUS, unfranked as military mail and tied by postmark Ba# M-14/FPOP 281 + very rare registry-label Ba# R-40-7 of unit 663; received by postal service of the Fuel Storage Depot of Army Group F & backstamped twi...
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022134278
1918 WWI Palestine Holyland Austro-German army registered cover VIENNA via Suria
WWI Austro-Hungarian military mail in Palestine via the German military post in Syria: Jan. 1918 era stampless registered cover sent from Austrian "Liquidierender Rechnungsführer der | k. u. k. Gebirgshaubitzdivision i. d. Türkei" (Paymaster of the Austrian Mountain Howitzer Division) in Palestine to War Ministry, VIENNA; unfranked as military mail - handstamped "einschreiben" and "Portofreie Di...
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022142706
WWI 1918 stampless Austrian military postcard SURIA via civilian post TURKEY
WWI Austrian military post with Turkish civilian mail routing: 13(?) Feb. 1918 postmarked photo picture postcard of Absalom's Tomb in Jerusalem, published by Yaakov Bentov (Bezalel) publishers of Jerusalem, with message in Hungarian dated 6 Feb., sent by sender in the Austro-Hungarian Sanitation Service in Syria from DAMASCUS to locale in HUNGARY (unclear): originally posted stampless & tied by Ku...
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German Colonies & Sub Post Offices

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Rare Tempel Kolonie Wilhelma cachet on Holyland printed matter Jerusalem cover
Holyland German colonies: 26 March 1909 postmarked registered printed-matter cover sent from WILHELMA Templar colony to JERUSALEM, correctly franked using 1¼pi on 25pf Germania stamp (Ba27/Mi39; ¼ piaster = 10 Para = 5pf printed-matter rate + 1pi [20pf] registered fee; Ba p.65 incorrect, see DPP 120/122) tied by full strike Jaffa postmark Ba #401 & superb strike of rare "Tempel-Kolonie H...
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