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WWII era Foreign Postal Links with Axis, Related & Occupied Countries

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UNIQUE WWII 1939 Palestine cover to Nazi Germany received, processed & returned
TRANSMITTED & RETURNED wartime civilian mail to Third Reich: Sept-Oct 1939 period commercial cover on Etz Hayim Yeshiva stationary (marked "return postage guaranteed") from JERUSALEM to SILUTE "Lithuania", likely franked 15m (Ba #108) now missing, for overseas surface mail & tied by strike of single-circle canceller of the sorting office (i.e. the cover was deposted un-postmarked into a pi...
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1939 WWII Palestine Mandate suspended service postcard TEL AVIV to BELZ POLAND
Outbreak WWII suspended service outbound mail: 10 Sept 1939 surface mail postal stationary postcard from TEL AVIV to BELZ Poland, in Hebrew-lettered Yiddish on Mandate postal stationary prefranked 8m per period overseas rate, tied by local double-ringed postmark; address subsequently crossed out by crayon & postcard stamped "return to". Here, war on 10th day but Belz not yet occupied (c. 14-15 Sep...
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1940 WWII Fall France suspended service cover Switzerland - Palestine via France
1940 Fall of France suspended service incoming mail: 19 JUNE 1940 commercial cover on stationary of Swiss Postal Bank ZURICH to 'Kupat Am Bank' in TEL AVIV meter franked 30Ra per period postage rate, halted midway & marked by odd lettered "Service postaI(capital "i" for final "L") suspendu" handstamp; vertical fold; slit open at top. In June postal routes to Palestine via France were suspended...
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EXTRAORDINARY WWII Sept 1941 postal link Germany to Palestine Mandate via Turkey
EXTRAORDINARY & IMPOSSIBLE once-in-a-wartime postal link: 27 Sept 1941 postmarked cover from VIENNA (GERMANY) to addressee "J. Davidai" (i.e. Jewish name) at Kibbutz "GINNEGAR [via] Afula Palestine via ANKARA Turkey", franked 25pf per period rate for overseas surface mail (other than to Hungary & former Czechoslovakia) using a Hindenburg medallion single adhesive stamp & tied by single...
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1944 WWII suspended service cover Palestine- Soviet-occupied Bulgaria via MOSCOW
Wartime suspended outbound civilian mail: 15 NOV 1944 postcard from HAIFA to Soviet-occupied PLOVDIV Bulgaria franked 13m per period postcard rate using Ba #107 single stamp tied by strike of local postmark; apparently written by Bulgarian-speaker & addressed by English speaker using return address of "Spinneys" business in Haifa. Checked by outbound TEL AVIV censor KK32 (unusual as not Haifa cens...
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1) Mandate Termination Period

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July 1948 Post Office notice resumption air mail service to Palestine Israel
1948 wartime Palestine/Israel - original Post Office notice: mimeographed 23 July 1948 notice PBN 2739 from the British General Post Office (London) announcing resumption of unregistered air mail service for letters weighing under 2 ounces & postcards to "certain [Jewish-controlled] places in Palestine" and lists 15 of the "more important" locales (including JERUSALEM, after siege ended 20 June). ...
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1949 Post Office notice about resumption parcel post to Israeli & Arab Palestine
1948 Wartime Palestine/Israel - original Post Office notice: mimeographed 10 Feb 1949 notice PBN 2808 from the British General Post Office (London) announcing resumption of parcel post services to "Israeli-controlled areas of Palestine and to certain places in Arab-controlled areas". The notice concludes "full details may be obtaied at any post office". Near-mint condition with filing hole at uppe...
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9) Besieged Jerusalem (20 April-20 June)

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Palestine Israel 1948 Interim incoming mail to besieged JERUSALEM from TEL AVIV
Rare 1948 incoming mail to besieged Jerusalem: interim period undated commercial cover from law firm in TEL AVIV to Government department in JERUSALEM, franked 10m per period domestic letter rate using interim period stamp & tied by single strike of the local postmark. With an interim stamp and postmark the cover would date to the period of 3 - 14 MAY; the siege on Jerusalem is generally considere...
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12) Service Suspended Mail (by non-belligerents)

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1948 British sea mail to Palestine affected by surface mail service suspension
1948 British "service suspended" mail to Palestine: 8 APR 1948 surface mailed commercial cover on business stationary from BIRMINGHAM to TEL AVIV, franked 2½d per 1940 1oz letter rate & tied by "British Industries Fair" machine slogan cancel; here cover posted 2 days after latest date for surface mail to Palestine (from UK), so marked by newly instituted "SERVICE SUSPENDED | AIR MAIL SERVICE ...
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1948 Polish airmail cover to Palestine affected by British postal suspension
1948 Polish "service suspended" mail to Palestine: 8 APR 1948 uprated airmail postal stationary (VI-1937 edition) from WARSAW to TEL AVIV, franked 25Zl in place of obliterated pre-war pre-printed frank & tied by local machine cancel; as under-franked for airmail, marked by bilingual Polish/French "Insufficient fee for air transport" & sent by surface mail, here via UK: but as of 7 APR, UK suspende...
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No Service 1948 South African cover Palestine affected by postal suspension
1948 South African "service suspended" mail: 30 APRIL 1948 airmail cover from JOHANNESBURG to TEL AVIV, franked 10d per period 9d rate & tied by multiple strikes of JOHANNESBURG-94 postmark; however South Africa suspended airmail to Palestine on 24 April (and Lydda airfield closed 25 April) - here cover marked by both instructional marking handstamps "P.T.O." ["please turn over"] + "NO SERVICE" K-...
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1948 American surface cover to Palestine affected by mail suspension & returned
1948 US "service suspended" mail to Palestine: 31 MAR 1948 uprated pre-franked surface mail cover from WELLSBORO to KFAR ATTA, franked 5c & tied by local machine cancel; posted 4 days after 27 March American surface-mail suspension to Palestine, so marked by NEW YORK CITY Post Office "Surface Mail Suspended | Return to Sender" instructional marking handstamp K-Type-1 & returned to sender. Opened r...
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27-04-1948 earliest dated US airmail cover affected postal suspension Palestine
1948 earliest US "service suspended" airmail to Palestine: 27 APR 1948 air letter from NEW YORK CITY (return addressed Stamford) to TEL AVIV, pre-franked 10c per postage period rate & tied by local postmark; here, posted the day after the American airmail suspension to Palestine, so marked by "RETURNED TO SENDER | SERVICE SUSPENDED" instructional marking handstamp K-Type-V on earliest known postma...
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1948 American 1st day airmail postcard Israel, mail suspension marking + arrival
1948 early postal links / service (not) suspended mail: "First Day airmail to Israel" return paid post card (RPPC) from CHICAGO Palestine Postal History Society to postmaster PETACH TIKVA, pre-printed with 3c franking + additional 22c franking for overseas airmail, postmarked "Chicago-Airmail" 29 JUN 1948 (1st day of US-Israel mail) & erroniously stamped "Return to Mailing Office | Service Suspend...
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13) Service Suspended Mail (by belligerents)

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1948 German cover Palestine bypassing UK, reached Egypt, seized & censored
1948 Egyptian seizure of mail to Israel: 12-4-1948 surface mailed cover from WEST BERLIN to GAN ZVI (scarce destination), franked 50Pf & tied by local machine cancel: this mailed 6 days after UK suspended surface mail to Palestine (Germany's usual route), here possibly sent via FRANCE as late surface mail alternative route (as cover not marked by British "no service" or "Return to Sender" instruct...
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15) Emergency Postal Services & Foreign links

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June 1948 USA airmail cover mail suspension to Palestine Israel, sent by PEDI
1948 US "service suspended" mail to Palestine - sent via PEDI: 22 JUNE 1948 air letter from BROOKLYN to TIVON via Haifa, franked 10c per pre-printed stamp & tied by local machine cancel; here posted 4 days before actual resumption of unregistered airmail services from the US (announced officially on 29th) & marked by NY Post Office by 2-line "SERVICE SUSPENDED | RETURN TO SENDER." instructional ma...
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1967 6-Day War related mail

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1967 Israel War Swiss 'suspended service' cover to Jordan, refused as no service
1967 Six Day War postal suspensions of mail to Israel: 15-6-1967 airmail cover on business stationary from watch manufacturer GRENCHEN Switzerland to NABLUS "JORDAN", franked 60c & tied by strike of local postmark; as of 7 June locale part of Israel: although the War & territorial changes did not cause international mail suspensions, much worldwide mail addressed to Jordan was held up there; here,...
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1973 Yom Kippur War related mail

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1973 French surface cover Israel delayed Yom Kippur War special postal marking
1973 Yom Kippur War delayed mail to Israel: 10-10-1973 section of carton package surface mailed from HAUTE-SAONE region France (return addressed PARIS) to Atomic Research Center YAVNE, franked 1F & tied by 2 strikes of postmark; this delayed by affect of the War (6-25 Oct) on surface routes, and arrived sometime in Feb. 1974 & marked by violet Hebrew instructional marking handstamp K-Type-I "This ...
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Arab-Israeli mail suspensions 1949-1956

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Rare only known Italian cover Israel recovered 1950 Egypt seized TWA flight mail
September 1950 TWA flight Israel-bound mail seized in Egypt - DISCOVERY: 15 SEP 1950 airmail cover from BRINDISI (Italy) to HAIFA, franked 145L & tied by 3 strikes of local postmark; subsequently opened & resealed by the Egyptian censor using K-type-C label & tied by K-Type1 (#53) censor mark. The cover was returned to sender and resent (without requiring additional postage as per UPU ...
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1956 Philippine 1st day cover Israel misrouted via Egypt, censored & returned
Egyptian postal boycott of Israel: 16 MAR 1956 surface mailed 1st Day Cover from Stamp & Philatelic Division of the Bureau of Posts MANILA to TEL AVIV, franked 25c & tied by single strike of special First Day postmark; either misrouted via EGYPT by incorrect mailbag placement at the origin sorting office or simply seized while in transit through Suez (as was Egyptian policy at the time for Israeli...
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No Service 1952 Hong Kong airmail to Israel misrouted Lebanon, returned Egypt
Lebanese boycotted mail to Israel returned via Egypt: 20 OCT 1952 registered commercial airmail cover on business stationary from HONG KONG to SDE NEHEMIA (via AFULA post), franked $1.30 & tied by 2 strikes of local REGISTERED postmark; misrouted via LEBANON where backstamped 23 X 52 BEYROUTH CHARGEMENTS ("cargo") arrival & marked by French manuscript instructional marking "Retour | Pas de...
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1950 Israel postcard to BEIRUT refused servce with rare instructional marking
Rare Israeli "no service" mark on mail: 4 JAN 1950 postcard with message in French (dated 12/12/49) from HAIFA to BEIRUT (Lebanon), franked 15pr as per the SU-2 period surface rate & tied by strike of head post office; as there were no postal connections between Israel & Lebanon, the transmission was stopped & postcard tied by very rare K-Type-H-I.1 magenta 2-line instructional marking handstamp i...
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1951 Indian airmail cover BETHLEHEM misrouted Israel; censored, returned, resent
Israeli "no service" marks on mail to Arab states: 28 JAN 1951 airmail cover from PONDICHERRY India to BETHLEHEM "Jordan, Palestine", franked 14 Annas & tied by strike of local boxed postmark; mis-routed via ISRAEL, where backstamped 6-2-1951 JERUSALEM arrival, censored & sealed by Gladstone Type-9 with unrecorded "Vav 1014" + marked "PAS DE SERVICE VIA ISRAEL" instructional marking handstamp K-Ty...
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1952 Jordanian mail to Brazil, returned to Israel, refused service & returned
Israeli "no service" marks on mail returned to Jordan: 15 NOV 1952 surface mailed cover from JERUSALEM (Jordan - no return address) to COPACABANA Brazil, franked 4m & tied by strike of local postmark; backstamped 8 JAN 1953 COPACABANA arrival but as addressee left (instructional handstamp on back), returned to sender ("verso" please turn over manuscript notation + "AU REMETENTE" instructional mark...
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