7/1956 British airmail to ZAHALA Israel misrouted to ZAHLA Lebanon, processed & returned
Lot #: 71242

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Lebanese postal boycott of Israel: 22 JLY 1956 registered commercial airmail cover from NORTHWOOD (UK) to ZAHALA "Israel", franked 9d & tied by machine cancel; British post office was confused by address name & routed the cover to LEBANON (backstamped 24-VII-56 BEYROUTH transit) where transmitted onwards to ZAHLE (capital of Beqaa Governorate), here backstamped next day arrival - there routing error realized & "no service" manuscript message written in English "No communications between Lebanon and Israel", and returned; backstamped 13 AU 56 LONDON transit (where "UNDELIVERED" instructional marking handstamp applied on front) + next day arrival. Less than 10 documents from Lebanon are known marked "no service" in manuscript + this cover unique as 'delivered' albeit to Arab destination after local receipt & sorting.

Product Tags: Lebanese, Israeli, United Kingdomian,British, Philately - Postal Covers, Arab-Israeli mail suspensions 1949-1956 and Postal History from Lebanon, Israel, United Kingdom, and from 20th Century, 1950s which are Philately - Suspended Service mail, Philately - Significant Route, Philately - unusual postal procedures/fines/taxes, Philately - Unusual Origin, Destination or Postal Link, Philately - Air Mail, Unique/Discovery Piece, Philately - significant cachets & postal markings, Philately - Earliest/Latest, First/Last & Proving dates or places