Iraq

Five different official seal designs have been recorded to date from Iraq. All are kingdom era seals, and there were likely later types used that haven't yet been seen.



Catalog: Drummond OS1, Nierinck #351231

Date issued: Unknown, EKU November 9, 1929

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: Bilingual English/Arabic "Found open or damaged / and officially secured."

Control Number: "S. 13." at upper left

Description: Badly damaged 1935 cover from England to Baghdad, Iraq recovered from wreck of Imperial Airways Flying Boat "City of Khartoum", which crashed on approach to Alexandria, Egypt on December 31st. Backflap sealed with Iraqi official seal, which is tied by partial Baghdad datestamp. Endorsed on reverse in pencil "Received from / City of Khartoum".



Catalog: Drummond OS3

Date issued: Unknown, EKU August 1, 1929

Printing: Black on cream

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: Bilingual English/Arabic "FOUND OPEN OR DAMAGED AND OFFICIALLY SECURED."

Control Number: "S. 14." at upper left

Description: Large (approximately 11.3" long x 8.7" high) circa 1935 "Empire de Perse / Ministere des Postes, Telegraphes / et Telephones" inscribed corner card official stampless air mail cover from Abadan, Iran to London, England damaged in transit through Iraq and repaired with 1-1/2 Iraqi official seals.

Note the manuscript "Iran" written over the crossed out "Perse". Iran officially changed its name from Persia on March 21, 1935 and this envelope was therefore likely used sometime during 1935 before new stocks were prepared.

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