The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin

Editor: Tobias Zywietz

The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin is a platform to publish research, reports, comments and enquiries on all aspects of Philately as well as related collecting areas:
  • Stamps
  • Stationery
  • Postal History
  • Social Philately
  • Topical/Thematic Philately
  • Deltiology (postcards)
  • Philography (autographs)
  • Numismatic/Notaphily (coins/banknotes)
  • Fiscal Philately (revenue and tax stamps)
  • Erinnophily (cinderellas and ephemera)
The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin is concerned with countries of the wider Middle East:
  • Arabian Peninsula and Gulf States
  • Ottoman Empire and Turkey, Foreign Posts
  • Syria and Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Palestine and Israel
  • Iraq
  • Egypt and Sudan
  • Iran

The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin pursues a policy of political and religious impartiality and neutrality. We believe in tolerance and understanding amongst philatelists and collectors. We are open-minded and respect the views and convictions of our readers and contributors.

The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin is distributed exclusively as a free PDF-download through this website. You can register to be notified of developments and future issues by sending me an e-mail. Registration entitles you to place an advert for free.


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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 10 (Autumn 2018)
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  • Joss & Löwenstein Perfins Revisted (Vladimír Münzberger)
  • The Oriental Travels of Julius Bolthausen – Part 2: More Bolthausen Picture Post Cards (Tobias Zywietz)
  • A 1924 Share of Beyrouth-Baghdad-Téhéran-Autombile (Eastern Transport Company) (Rainer Fuchs)
  • A 1928 Dubai Paquebot Cover via Overland Mail to Antwerp? (Rainer Fuchs)
  • The Missing Press Drop of the 1929 Zeppelin Orient Flight (Dieter Leder, Tobias Zywietz)
  • The Raid on the Bethlehem Post Office 1938: Where is the Disaster Mail (Tobias Zywietz)
  • The End of the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa (Rainer Fuchs)
  • The Late Use of Mandate Postmarks in the West Bank 1948-50 (Bernd-Dieter Buscke)
  • British Mandate Postmarks and Registration Labels used in the West Bank of Jordan (Avo Kaplanian)
  • Egypt in Palestine: Philatelic Souvenir Covers 1948/1954 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • The Reply Coupons of Jordan: a Research Request
  • Suspension of Mail Service Israel–Gaza in 2009: An Internal Israel Post Notice (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Digitisation of Philatelic Knowledge: Holy Land Postal History (Mark Sommer)
  • Archive: The Postal Service in Palestine in 1922 including Postage Stamps of Palestine and Trans-Jordania, 1918–1922 (Harry Charles Luke, Edward Keith-Roach, Dr. C.R.B. Eyre, Tobias Zywietz)
  • Archive: Press Reports of the 1929 Zeppelin Orient Flight (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 9 (Summer 2018)
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  • How to Sell a Parable: The Ottoman Post Office Bon Samaritain (Khan al-Hathrur) (Folkert Bruining, Tobias Zywietz)
  • Austrian Levant Perfins: O&M – Observatoire et Musée Scientifique de Jerusalem (Peter Keeda)
  • The Late Use of the Small Ottoman Date-Bridge Postmark of Kerek in Transjordan (Bernd-Dieter Buscke)
  • The Palestine Mandate London II (Waterlow) Issue: The Mystery of the Missing Upper Panes of the 9, 10, and 20 Piastres (Perf. 14) (Avo Kaplanian, Jacques Kaufmann)
  • Embossed Egyptian Fiscals (Wolfgang Morscheck (Bad Säckingen))
  • Some Remarks about the Ay Yıldız Issue (Otto Graf)
  • A 1931 Rerouted Overland Mail Cover: London–Hit–Haifa–Jerusalem–Afule (Rainer Fuchs)
  • The Raid on the Bethlehem Post Office in September 1938 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • The “Wartime Economy Use” of a Palestine Meter Mark Cover (Rainer Fuchs)
  • Nablus AM/PM Postmarks Revisited (III) (Avo Kaplanian)
  • Egypt Stamps and Rates: What, no Stamp? (Edmund Hall)
  • Reply Coupons of The Arab Postal Union (Hálfdan Helgason, Tobias Zywietz)
  • More Lebanon Gum-Side Surcharges (Johann Baumgartner)
  • Jordan’s Touristic Post Cards (Avo Kaplanian)
  • New Books: The Transition from Palestine to Israel (van de Laar)
  • Book Review: Venice and the Levant (Venezia e il Levante) (Rigo)
  • Book Review: "Postkrieg" Catalogue (Burhop/Heijs)
  • New Books: Ein wahrhaft irdisches Jerusalem (Zahn)
  • World Stamp Championship “ISRAEL 2018” (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 8 (Spring 2018)
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  • Joss & Löwenstein Perfin on an Egyptian Postal Stationery Card (Vahe Varjabedian)
  • Request for Information: Levant Perfins (Georg Sand, Tobias Zywietz, Dick Scheper)
  • The Plate Varieties Of The London II (Waterlow) Issue of Mandate Palestine – Updated (Avo Kaplanian)
  • The Late Use of the Hejazi Postmark of Maʿān in Transjordan 1920–1927 (Bernd-Dieter Buscke)
  • The Annexation of Maʿān District in 1925 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Overland Mail Baghdad–Haifa: The Route Instruction Label of the British Post – Second Addendum (Rainer Fuchs)
  • A Unique Quadruple Rate Overland Mail Cover (Rainer Fuchs)
  • Palestine Mandate Postmark Record Sheets Revisited (Joel Weiner)
  • Domestic Cancel on Iraqi International Reply Coupon (Tobias Zywietz, Halfdan Helgason)
  • 1957 Egyptian Mail Rejected by France (Pierre Louis Grech)
  • 1957 Egyptian Mail Rejected by France – Additional Information (Jan Heijs)
  • Lebanon Cedar Definitives with Surcharge Revisited (Tobias Zywietz, Luigi Martinoja, Phil Le Page, Albert Massaad)
  • World Cultural Heritage in Jordan: Madaba and other Christian Sites (Dietrich Ecklebe)
  • New Books: Palestine Related Stamps (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 8: 1929 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine - Part 3: 1923/1924 – Addendum 2 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 7 (Autumn 2017)
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  • The Late Use of Postmarks of the Kingdom of Syria in Transjordan 1920–1928 (Bernd-Dieter Buscke)
  • Iraq Railway Post: A New Discovery? (Rainer Fuchs)
  • Postmark Record Sheets of the Palestine Mandate (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Jordan Palestine Aid Obligatory Tax Stamps: Revenue Overprint Varieties of 1947 and 1953 (Avo Kaplanian)
  • Nablus AM/PM Postmarks Revisited (II) (Avo Kaplanian)
  • 1957 Lebanon Cedar Definitives with Surcharge on the Reverse (Rainer Fuchs)
  • World Cultural Heritage in Jordan: The Decapolis (Dietrich Ecklebe)
  • Book Review: The Paper Money Collectors’ Guide - Ayman Dayekh (Mahdi Bseiso)
  • Book Review: Baghdad in British Occupation - Freddy Khalastchy (Tobias Zywietz
  • Book Review: Amsterdamse Postzegelsociëteit: APS Tachtig 1937 2017 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Where have all the Overland Mail Baghdad–Haifa Collectors gone? (Rainer Fuchs)
  • Royal Philatelic Society London Acquires Edward B. Proud’s Invaluable Archive
  • Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 7: 1928 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 3: 1923/1924 – Addendum (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 6 (Summer 2017)
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  • Syrian Hejaz Railway Postmarks:Hamidiye Hicaz Demiryolu Deraʿa (Folkert Bruining, Dr. Atadan Tunaci)
  • Ounces or Grammes? Request for Information on Weight Units used by Iraqi Post in the 1920s (Rainer Fuchs
  • Overland Mail Baghdad–Haifa: The Route Instruction Label of the British Post – An Addendum (Rainer Fuchs)
  • The Pictorial Coil Stamps of Mandate Palestine: Paste-Up with Plate Number Discovered (Tobias Zywietz, Bassam Hama)
  • Restricted Use of British Postal Orders in Egypt and Palestine (Tobias Zywietz, John Gledhill, Jack Harwood)
  • The First Post Office in Sharjah (Khalid Omaira)
  • Cumulative Index to R. Howard Courtney’s The Arab World Philatelist 1978–1982 (Tobias Zywietz, R. Howard Courtney)
  • Request for Information: Small Tughra Bey’iye Stamps on Cover (Andreas Birken)
  • Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 6: 1927 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 5 (Spring 2017)
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  • Baghdad Provisionals Revisited (Kemal Giray, Tobias Zywietz)
  • Overland Mail Baghdad–Haifa: A Very Special Iranian Overland Mail Cover (Rainer Fuchs)
  • Syrian Hejaz Railway Postmarks: Request for Information (Folkert Bruining)
  • Syrian Hejaz Railway Postmarks: Alep–Damas and the Postmarks of the Palestine Branch Line after WWI (Tobias Zywietz)
  • A Kuwait Cover with 1948 Syrian Censorship (Thomas Johansen)
  • Iraqi Censorship Post-WWII (Marc Parren)
  • A New Variety of Transjordan Palestine 1948 2m? (Tobias Zywietz, Kamal Kawar, Avo Kaplanian & Bernd-Dieter Buscke)
  • Nablus AM/PM Postmarks Revisited (Tobias Zywietz, Paul Phillips, Avo Kaplanian)
  • Ottoman Empire at Spring Stampex 2017 (Tobias Zywietz, Rainer Fuchs)
  • A Curious Palestine Slogan Meter Mark from Yemen (Lawrence Fisher)
  • The Postal Stationery of Israel (Sid Morginstin)
  • Israel Postal Rates 1983–1984 (Sid Morginstin)
  • Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 5: 1926 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 5

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 4 (Winter 2016)
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  • Two Rare Ottoman Holy Land Covers at Auction (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Post for Baron Krobatin (Andreas Birken)
  • Unknown Ottoman Censor Marks: Deurt-Yol and Damascus (Otto Graf)
  • Overland Mail Baghdad–Haifa: The Route Instruction Label of the British Post Office (Rainer Fuchs)
  • The 'one & only' Postcard of Jordan (Avo Kaplanian)
  • Prisoners of War Censorhip Middle East: The Censor Labels (Giorgio Migliavacca)
  • World Cultural Heritage Destroyed – Part 3: Yemen (Dietrich Ecklebe)
  • Review: Guide To The Postal Stationery of Iraq - Rubec/Al-Manaseer (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Review: Holy Land: Foreign Post Offices in Palestine 1852-1914 - The Itamar Karpovsky Collection (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Queries & Research Notes: Uprating of International Reply Cards (Eric Scherer)
  • Queries & Research Notes: Le Timbre Levantin (Tobias Zywietz with material from Edmund van Gilder)
  • Queries & Research Notes: Iraqi and Jordanian Occupation of Tulkarm 1948/49 (Lawrence Fisher)
  • The Archive Section: Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 4: 1925 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 3 (Summer 2016)
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  • A Rare Ottoman Cover from Amman, 1918 with newly discovered Amman Censor Mark (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Could Indian Army F.P.O. 318 have come to Greece? How 318 turned out to be 313 (Robert Gray & Tobias Zywietz)
  • A 1948 Nahariya Emergency Mail Cover (Daryl Kibble)
  • Two Nablus Postmarks Discovered after 60 Years (Bernd-Dieter Buscke)
  • Jordan’s Nablus Postmarks: More Discoveries (Tobias Zywietz)
  • The 1999 Christmas Block of the Palestinian National Authority: Addendum (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Egypt Barcode Registration Labels (Mike Murphy)
  • Research Notes: Request for Ottoman “Empire” Varieties (Andreas Birken)
  • Research Notes: Cilicia – An Update (Bob Bradford)
  • Book Review: The Sultanate of Nejd (Riachi) (Richard B. Rose)
  • Book Review: Airmails Across The Middle East 1918–1930 (Kimpton) (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Archive: Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 3: 1923/1924 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 3

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 2 (Spring 2016)
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  • Tantur Hospital and the 2 Heller ‘Jerusalempilgermarke’ (Edgar Karl Haberer)
  • The Mystery of the 'Habbaniya Provisionals' (Rainer Fuchs)
  • The Registration Envelopes of Jordan (Avo Kaplanian)
  • The 1999 Christmas Block of the Palestinian National Authority (Tobias Zywietz)
  • World Cultural Heritage Destroyed: Assur, Niniveh, Hatra, and Bosra (Dietrich Ecklebe)
  • Book Review: Gli annulli postali libanesi 1918–1945 - Longo (Rainer von Scharpen)
  • Book Review: L'Italia in Africa Orientale Vol. 1 - Crevato-Selvaggi & Macrelli (Jürgen Glietsch)
  • Archive: Postal History and Related Notices from the Official Gazettes for Palestine – Part 2: 1921/1922 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 2

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The Middle East Philatelic Bulletin 1 (Autumn 2015)
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  • The Oriental Travels of Julius Bolthausen: The Picture Postcards (Tobias Zywietz)
  • The Mail Robbery between Jaffa and Jerusalem in March 1912 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • An Introduction to Perfins of the Levant (Dick Scheper)
  • Air Mail Service in French Cilicia 1920 (Jean-Bernard Parenti)
  • The Provisional Postmark of the Italian Military Post Office in Smyrna in 1922 (Jürgen Glietsch)
  • The Kingdom of Kurdistan 1922-24 (Rainer Fuchs)
  • The Old General Post Office of Jerusalem on Historical Photographs (Tobias Zywietz)
  • The 2012 Christmas Stamps of the Palestinian National Authority (Tobias Zywietz)
  • World Cultural Heritage Destroyed: Palmyra (Dietrich Ecklebe)
  • Book Review: Introduction to French Postal History in Tripoli - Semaan Bassil (Rainer von Scharpen)
  • Book Review: Jérusalem et la Poste Française - Raphaël Livnat (Rainer von Scharpen)
  • Archive: Postal History & Related Notices from the Gazettes for Palestine - Part 1: 1919/1920 (Tobias Zywietz)
  • Recent Philatelic Journals (Tobias Zywietz)

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