12/1954 Ceylon airmail to Israel via Pakistan & PORT TAWFIK; returned via Ethiopia
Lot #: 71237

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Egyptian postal boycott of Israel: 10 DEC 1954 airletter from COLOMBO (Ceylon) to JERUSALEM "Israel", pre-franked 40c & tied by strike of local postmark; incredibly, routed via PAKISTAN (no postal relations with Israel 1948-93) where marked 12 DEC 1954 KARACHI | CANCELLED and transmitted on to EGYPT(!) where backstamped 5 JA 55 PORT TAWFIK transit - seized, opened & resealed + censored by K-Type6 handstamp over seal & K-Type5 (#69) handstamp on face - and returned "to sender": here, via Suez Canal to ETHIOPIA (backstamped 27-1-55 ADDIS ABABA transit) where transferred on by surface mail (at this time all transitted mail via Ethiopia continued by surface) to origin (front-stamped 29 MAR 1955). Unique postal handling via country without postal links to Israel + rare Port Tawfik routing (very little mail destined to Israel known such routed/marked).

Product Tags: Sri Lankan, Israeli, Pakistani, Egyptian, Ethiopian Philately - Postal Covers, Arab-Israeli mail suspensions 1949-1956 and Postal History from Sri Lanka, Israel, Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia and from 20th Century, 1950s which are Philately - Suspended Service mail, Philately - Censored Mail, Philately - Significant Route, Philately - unusual postal procedures/fines/taxes, Philately - Unusual Origin, Destination or Postal Link, Philately - Air Mail, Philately - Surface Mail (contemporary), Unique/Discovery Piece, Philately - significant cachets & postal markings, Philately - Earliest/Latest, First/Last & Proving dates or places,