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Postal History - 1948 Israel: Besieged Jerusalem (20 April-20 June)

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a61032
DOUBLE REMARKABLE early Israeli outbound mail: undated surface mailed cover ("Mataf" stationary) from JERUSALEM (no return address), addressed entirely in Arabic to "Dear respectab
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DOUBLE REMARKABLE early Israeli outbound mail: undated surface mailed cover ("Mataf" stationary) from JERUSALEM (no return address), addressed entirely in Arabic to "Dear respectable friend Jacop Yousef who is living in house number 13/91 in Hedar Khan area BAGHDAD", franked 20m per period surface rate to non-UK destination (i.e. not the 15m rate for "Baghdad overland mail" - perhaps then unavailable) using 4x Mandate Pictorals 5m (Ba93); (interim franks not authorized for outbound mail) & tied by 2 strikes of JERUSALEM Minhelet Ha'am "Rosette" postmarks of the temporary Sorting Office (the only location where interim postmark could be used to cancel outbound mail; in JERUSALEM only 3 items known cancelled by Mandate devices) - as this not open to public, cover probably deposited in street post box; here, rare combination possible only for 2 days: 13 May was first day of Rosette postmark & 14 May was last day of use of Mandate stamps.

Cover was posted at height of siege on JERUSALEM
& probably taken on 2nd convoy to TEL AVIV (carried mail posted 13 May - 21 June; arrival 21/06); as not registered mail, not backstamped; as lacking any other postal or instructional marks ("no service", return to sender, Dead Letter Office, arrow/circle) - especially "DLO" as department located in JAFFO, not JERUSALEM, VERY PROBABLY DELIVERED: a) absence of Hebrew writing/interim franks/Israeli return address may have helped; also, b) JERUSALEM not recognized then by UN as part of Israel (i.e. Doar Ivri stamps could not be transported to JERUSALEM via Latrun road under UN guard); c) surface mail more improvised than period airmail routes - this unique: Iraq has had no postal relations with Israel since her founding on 15 May 1948 (Jews persecuted & Zionism criminalized in 1948), but Israel didn't officially suspend such service herself (so didn't stop this mail transmission): probably carried via SS "Kedma" (the only vessel, from 16 June, authorized to carry outbound sea mail until 1952) to 3rd country on route to Marseille via Genoa & other ports. Possibly the last Mandate/Israel mail to reach Iraq before actual postal suspension effected. Opened roughly, few tears; some repair; toning; otherwise fine & highly unusual.
SOLD $520.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61036
1948 US "service suspended" mail to Palestine: 22 MAR 1948 surface mail postcard form from University of Maryland COLLEGE PARK to Hebrew University JERUSALEM, franked 3c & tied by
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1948 US "service suspended" mail to Palestine: 22 MAR 1948 surface mail postcard form from University of Maryland COLLEGE PARK to Hebrew University JERUSALEM, franked 3c & tied by local machine cancel; posted 5 days before the 27 March US surface-mail suspension to Palestine but still marked by New York Post Office with violet 2-line "Surface Mail Suspended | Return to Sender" instructional marking handstamp K-Type-1 & returned to sender. Given the long period between dispatch and refusal of service between 2 close locations (Maryland/New York) this may be a slow-processed "first day" suspended-mail postal item due to uncertainty & affected by the suspension + marked by this instructional marking (or may even precede known earliest date of such handling - but with no additional transit marks as proving dates this cannot be determined here).
SOLD $101.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61049
1948-49 War Israeli marked "Destinaire Parti" mail: 8 IV 1948 registered cover in Arabic from BEYROUTH (return addressed "Rashad Elmaghrby Dar Ghouth, Beirut") to [unclear address]
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1948-49 War Israeli marked "Destinaire Parti" mail: 8 IV 1948 registered cover in Arabic from BEYROUTH (return addressed "Rashad Elmaghrby Dar Ghouth, Beirut") to [unclear address] JERUSALEM, franked 50p & tied by 2 strikes of local postmark; cover reached JERUSALEM before full siege began on 20 April: marked twice by JERUSALEM Post Office "Destinaire Parti" Mandate Post instructional marking handstamp K-Type-II as addressee no longer at his address (i.e. fled/evacuated) - very rare: less than 10 covers known marked by T-II, & "Return to" instructional marking on back; cover remained in JERUSALEM until transferred to TEL AVIV (eg. by 18/21 June convoys or any time after end of siege, 21 June), where opened/sealed by Tav-1009 (Gladstone unlisted) & tied by circular Israeli military censor approved handstamp of Tav-15; backstamped 17-1-1949 JERUSALEM-3 (Sorting Office) transit + 30 JAN 1949 dated "Ministry of Transportation | Department of Postage, Telegraph & Telephones | Office for Postage Claims" handstamp (text of which obliterated, as often seen on such covers unable to be returned to sender) - this being equivalent to Dead Letter Office: unusual procedure as the actual DLO was located in JAFFA (i.e. next to Tel Aviv).
SOLD $250.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61050
1948 Israeli "no service" marks on mail from Arab countries: 16(?) AP 1948 surface mail commercial cover on letterhead stationary of Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church from CAIRO
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1948 Israeli "no service" marks on mail from Arab countries: 16(?) AP 1948 surface mail commercial cover on letterhead stationary of Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church from CAIRO to Bishop Jacobus, Archbishop of JERUSALEM, franked 22m & tied by 3 weak strikes of local postmark; backstamped same day KANTARA-T (Travel = ordinary mail) transit postmark. Posted the day after commencement of termination of Mandate postal services & before military confrontation between Egypt and Israel, but ongoing transmission within Palestine probably delayed by changes in the postal administration as cover subsequently opened & resealed in TEL AVIV by [Israeli] military censor Tav 1008 (unrecorded in Gladstone & Kibble) using red on orange label - due to siege, all foreign mail to JERUSALEM passed through TEL AVIV; as country of origin by then an enemy territory and addressee located in Old City of JERUSALEM presently under military contention, front-stamped twice by the 1st Israeli French-language "Pas de Service via Israel" handstamp (of the Tel Aviv Post Office) K-Type-T-I in black ink (Kibble unlisted) - unique in this case as all of the covers known to Kibble marked by this instructional marking were also marked "Destinare Parti" (Addressee Left) + tied by the 2-line Mandate English "No Service" instructional marking. Probably not returned to sender (as not possible); opened gently at back. Rare: fewer than 20 covers known stamped by T-I marking.
SOLD $165.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61051
1948 Israeli "no service"/Destinaire Parti marks on mail from Arab countries: 22 IV 1948 surface mail commercial cover on letterhead stationary of Paul Seminary ("Sverge" manufactu
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1948 Israeli "no service"/Destinaire Parti marks on mail from Arab countries: 22 IV 1948 surface mail commercial cover on letterhead stationary of Paul Seminary ("Sverge" manufacture) from DARAOUN-HARISSA Lebanon to Yousef Jubran Al Shuraim at Court of Justice [JERUSALEM], franked 25p & tied by 2 strikes of local hexigonal postmark; cover posted 7 days after commencement of termination of Mandate postal services & before military confrontation between Lebanon and Israel, but ongoing transmission within Palestine probably delayed by changes in the postal administration as cover subsequently censored by Israeli military in TEL AVIV (i.e. after Israel's independence) as per Tav 1 circular cachet (due to siege, all foreign mail to JERUSALEM passed through TEL AVIV); as country of origin by then an enemy territory and addressee located in area of JERUSALEM under military contention, front/back-stamped by 1st Israeli French-language "Pas de Service via Israel" handstamp (of the Tel Aviv Post Office) K-Type-T-I in black ink (Kibble unlisted). Of Note: the Mandate-era French-language "DESTINAIRE PARTI" (addressee left [without leaving forwarding address] K-Type-I instructional marking handstamp of TEL AVIV Head Post Office is said by Kibble to have been applied still by the Mandate Post - but this in regards to Jaffo-area Arab addressees (locale was captured by Israel between 25 April - 12 May); here, JERUSALEM was under siege from 20 April until 20 June & as cover lacks Mandate-era "Israeli" forerunner 2-line English "No Service" instructional marking handstamp, the Destinaire Parti mark probably applied by Israeli post in Tel Aviv (this unrecorded in Kibble on K-Type-T-I marked covers). Opened gently at back, a few peripheral tears. Probably not returned to sender (as not possible). Rare: fewer than 20 covers known stamped by either of the two instructional marking markings. Addressee may be a relative of former Israeli Supreme Court deputy Chief Justice, Salim Joubran (born Haifa 1947, fled with family to Beirut 1948 & returned).
SOLD $260.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61062
1948 JERUSALEM siege / Jewish Quarter of Old City: full strike of Second "Wall" Postmark (חותמת החומה) tied to top-guttered Interim 10m JERUSALEM Locals II frank on unaddressed cov
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1948 JERUSALEM siege / Jewish Quarter of Old City: full strike of Second "Wall" Postmark (חותמת החומה) tied to top-guttered Interim 10m JERUSALEM Locals II frank on unaddressed cover (franked per period letter rate) on mint "Doar" stationary envelope. This 2nd type was ordered as the original one was not portable. It was received on 10 May (same date that the Locals II frank entered use) by the last convoy to reach the besieged Old City, and any mail marked by it was carried by the last outgoing convoy on the 13th (day before Independence day). Unlike the 3rd type (created after establishment of Israel) known only for souvenir and philatelic strikes, this 2nd version was legitimately used by the defending forces in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Extremely rare and very fine - at a minimum as a genuine momento from the "siege within the siege".
SOLD $250.00
1 bid
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61063
1948 War of Independence/POSTAL HISTORY GEM: cover from "Convoy Driver" (Nahag Shayara) return-addressed Bezalel Gaber at the Tel Aviv Hotel JERUSALEM to Aharonson Stamp Shop TEL A
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1948 War of Independence/POSTAL HISTORY GEM: cover from "Convoy Driver" (Nahag Shayara) return-addressed Bezalel Gaber at the Tel Aviv Hotel JERUSALEM to Aharonson Stamp Shop TEL AVIV, pre-franked 10m per period letter rate using 2nd issue local Ba105; sender apparently aware of inability to dispatch mail through postal service and had the cover couriered [by "Burma Road", newly opened to traffic 1 June; 1st convoy known to carry mail arrived 10 June] shortly before that 1st convoy returned to TEL AVIV (18 June) with accumulated mail from Jerusalem; here deposited into postal system 14 June where accepted untaxed by TEL AVIV Head Post Office & frank tied by full strike of postmark; re-routed locally to Post Office Box; folded vertically & horizontally as typical of couriered mail. Cover is of interest as sender identifies himself as "Convoy Driver": in light of pre-June 18th postmark he himself may have couried this cover on an earlier passage on Burma Road. Gaber (b. 1921) was a convoy driver to the Negev and to Jerusalem, was a driver in the big "Hulda" convoy of 31 March 1948 which was ambused and trapped in Jerusalem, where he remained until June (between Dec. 1947-Mar 1948, 224 convoys were sent to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, of which only 8 failed to arrive; convoys continued coming until 20 April). Gaber was a member of the "Shelev" transport cooperative prior to becoming a convoy driver. Convoy drivers (and convoy guards) are more or less anonymous heros of the Israeli War of Independence with little documented specifically about them, and this cover sheds a little light on their identity and whereabouts.
SOLD $220.00
3 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61066
1948 JERUSALEM 1st convoy mail: commercial express registered cover to HAIFA, franked 65m per period rate using mix 1st locals 25m (Ba103) & complete set 2nd locals (Ba104-6) tied
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1948 JERUSALEM 1st convoy mail: commercial express registered cover to HAIFA, franked 65m per period rate using mix 1st locals 25m (Ba103) & complete set 2nd locals (Ba104-6) tied by 2 strikes of black interim postmark + 2 strikes 11 MAY 1948 dater (3rd day 1st locals use; 2nd day 2nd locals use); transported on 1st convoy of 18 June (carrying mail dated 9-12 May) but not backstamped as not registered letter. Scarce as such; rare rate & franking. Cut open at left. Estimated value $400+
SOLD $231.00
3 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61069
1948 1st convoy mail from besieged JERUSALEM: registered commercial cover from JERUSALEM 4 (Anglo Palestine Bank) to APB in TEL AVIV franked at period rate (10m letter + 15m regist
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1948 1st convoy mail from besieged JERUSALEM: registered commercial cover from JERUSALEM 4 (Anglo Palestine Bank) to APB in TEL AVIV franked at period rate (10m letter + 15m registration) using 25m 2nd local Ba106 stamps tied by local Minhelet Ha'am postmark (2 strikes on back) & vertical dater 12 MAY 1948 (unclear but consistent with 2nd local issue usage dates, starting 10 May), with registry-label 0103 on front (consistent with known number range for interim period); accumulated at Rechavia sorting center & dispatched to Tel Aviv with 1st convoy which took the accumulated mail from 9-12 May that arrived there 18 June 1948 - cover backstamped as such by local trilingual postmark + National Loan cachet applied by Tel Aviv sorting office. Estimated value $200+
SOLD $42.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61071
1948 JERUSALEM 1st convoy mail: registered cover to Anglo-Palestine Bank in TEL AVIV, posted at Anglo-Palestine Bank (JERUSALEM 4), franked 25m at period registered letter rate usi
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1948 JERUSALEM 1st convoy mail: registered cover to Anglo-Palestine Bank in TEL AVIV, posted at Anglo-Palestine Bank (JERUSALEM 4), franked 25m at period registered letter rate using 2nd local issue Ba106 tied by single strike of local interim postmark (+ 2 on back) & 12 MAY 1948 dater; transported on 1st convoy of 18 June & backstamped same day TEL AVIV arrival; slit open at bottom. Estimated value $235+
SOLD $53.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61072
1948 JERUSALEM 2nd convoy remarkable assembly: 16-5-1948 'first day' registered cover (4199) from JERUSALEM-6 (Mahane Yehuda branch office) to Kibbutz DAFNA (misspelled) franked 40
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1948 JERUSALEM 2nd convoy remarkable assembly: 16-5-1948 'first day' registered cover (4199) from JERUSALEM-6 (Mahane Yehuda branch office) to Kibbutz DAFNA (misspelled) franked 40+ mils (10m letter + 15m registered + 2+ x 6m additional weight) using complete 2nd issue Jerusalem locals (Ba104-106) + 1 non-denominated/un-overprinted with 'canal' flaw (light brown ink: Jewish State 10m Ba30 or 1st issue 5m Ba101), tied by 3 strikes of JERUSALEM "Independence" postmark (Ba B-5) on front + 2 on back; as posted during the full siege on JERUSALEM, held at Rehavia sorting office until carried by 2nd convoy to TEL AVIV (carrying accumulated mail from 13 May - 21 June), here backstamped 21-6-1948 TEL AVIV transit (inverted Hebrew date), then 23 JU 48 TIBERIAS & ROSH PINNA transit - using reintroduced Mandate postmarks (Dorf-7/Dorf-5); slit open at bottom, vertical & horizontal folds. Addressee Ariela Elazari (b. 1929 Jerusalem) was a female soldier in the 3rd battalion of the Yiftach Brigade of the Palmach, who served as a wireless operator, and who in this function also served as part of the Israeli delegation to the ceasefire talks in Rhodes in 1949; retired from teaching in 1994; listed veteran on Palmach's website. Cover's registry-label serial belongs to the sequence Aloni associates with the Interim period (0010-8952) - possibly prepared beforehand, before postal dispatch. Rare combination of special franks & postmarks + small locale routing on 3 postal period cover.
SOLD $210.00
1 bid
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
a61075
1948 besieged JERUSALEM Military mail: 22(?) MAY 1948 "Misrad Kesher | Yerusalayim" (Signals Corp) stampless inter-unit corresondence registered Hagana cover #159 from "Mizrachi De
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1948 besieged JERUSALEM Military mail: 22(?) MAY 1948 "Misrad Kesher | Yerusalayim" (Signals Corp) stampless inter-unit corresondence registered Hagana cover #159 from "Mizrachi Department" (cachet on back) to "HaLevy", marked "Dan Urgent"; received by "Maimon" who crossed out the addresee's name; tied by scarce bluish-black signals corps cachet; originally sealed by tape and carefully opened, folded vertically & horizontally; Muenz certified. Rare intercity military communications in beseiged Jerusalem.
SOLD $185.00
2 bids
The auction closed on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00
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