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The List of postal rates in the British Mandate of Palestine are the postal rates in effect in Palestine under military occupation from British and allied forces and later civil administration of the British Mandate of Palestine between 1917 and 1948. During the Mandate, postal services were provided by British authorities.

After occupation by allied forces in 1917, basic postage was free for civilians. Registration fees and parcels had to be franked using British or Indian stamps. Once the EEF stamps printed in Cairo came on sale, mail to overseas destinations had to be paid for from 10 February 1918, and from 16 February 1918 also mail to the then occupied territories and Egypt.

The structure of postal rates followed broadly British practice and new services, like airmail and express delivery, were added over the years. From 1926 reduced rates applied for mail to Britain and Ireland, and from 1 March 1938 to 4 September 1939, Palestine was part of the All Up Empire airmail rates system.


Postal rates

Date Rate details and subsequent changes
December, 1917[1][2] Inland letter free
Foreign letter free
Inland postcard free
February 10, 1918[3][2] Foreign letter 10 m (20g)
Foreign postcard 10 m; (Bale lists: 5 m)
Inland printed matter 5 m per 50g
February 16, 1918[1][2] Inland letter 5 m (20g); 3 m per add. 20g
Inland postcard 5 m
Inland registration 10 m
Foreign registration 10 m
Inland advice of delivery 10 m
Foreign advice of delivery 10 m
Inland enquiry 10 m
Foreign enquiry 10 m
April 10, 1918[4] Foreign printed matter 5 m per 50g
July 16, 1918[1][5] Inland postcard 3 m
Foreign postcard 4 m
Foreign printed matter 2 m per 50g
October 1, 1919[6][5] Inland printed matter 1 m per 50g
Foreign printed matter 1 m per 50g
Inland newspapers 1 m
August 1, 1920[3][7] Foreign letter 10 m (20g); 6 m per add. 20g
September 1, 1920[6][8] Inland postcard 4 m
Inland printed matter 2 m per 50g
Foreign printed matter 2 m per 50g
Foreign commercial papers 2 m per 50g; minimum 250g
1921 Foreign newspapers 2 m per 50g; 2m per add. 50g
October 1, 1921[1][9] Foreign letter 13 m (20g); 9 m per add. 20g
Foreign postcard 6 m
Foreign printed matter 3 m per 50g
Foreign commercial papers 3 m per 50g
Inland registration 13 m
Foreign registration 13 m
Inland advice of delivery 10 m
Foreign advice of delivery 13 m
Inland enquiry 10 m
Foreign enquiry 13 m
Insurance (incl. mand. reg.) 20 m for value up to £10; 10 m per add. value of £10, maximum £40
January 1, 1923[3][9] Foreign letter 13 m (20g); 7 m per add. 20g
Foreign postcard 8 m
December 16, 1925 [10][6][9] Foreign postcard 7 m
Blind literature 2 m per 1kg
1926[11][4] Inland Express 20 m for distances up to 1 km, 30 m for 2km, over 2km up to delivery boundary 40 m; only available in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, and Tel-Aviv
Insurance (incl. mand. reg.) 20 m for value up to £12; 7 m per add. value of £12
Insured box 8 m (50g); minimum 40 m
January 1, 1926[6][12] Inland newspapers 2 m
February 15, 1926[6][4] UK & Éire letter 7 m (20g); 4 m per add. 20g
December 1, 1928[6] Foreign commercial papers 3 m per 50g; minimum 100g
Samples 6 m per 100g; 3 m per add. 50g
March 1, 1929[3][9] UK & Éire letter 13 m (20g); 7 m per add. 20g
April 1, 1930[3][9] UK & Éire letter 7 m (20g); 4 m per add. 20g
June 19, 1930[6] Small packet 7 m (50g); 7 per add 50g, minimum 25 m
June 1, 1932[13][9] Foreign letter 15 m (20g); 9 m per add. 20g
UK & Éire letter 8 m (20g); 5 m per add. 20g
Foreign postcard 8 m
Foreign commercial papers 3 m per 50g; minimum 250g
Small packet 9 m (50g); 9 per add 50g, minimum 300g
Inland enquiry 13 m
Late posting for ordinary packet 2 m
Late posting of registered packet 20 m
COD trade charge 10 m per £1
COD delivery fee 15 m
COD posting fee 10 m
1933[6] Inland advice of delivery 13 m
January 1, 1937[14] Inland Express 25 m (distance specs. unknown); only available in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, and Tel-Aviv
1938 Foreign newspapers 6 m
March 1, 1938[15][4] UK & Éire letter 10 m (10g); 10 m per add. 10g ("all up" Empire rate)
UK & Éire postcard 5 m; ("all up" Empire rate)
April 1, 1938[16][4] UK & Éire letter 10 m (10g); 10 m per add. 10g up to 70 g, 70 m for 71 up to 90g, 80 m for 91 up to 110g, over 110g: 80 m plus 10 m per any add. 20g ("all up" Empire rate)
September 4, 1939[17][4] UK & Éire letter 10 m (20g); 6 m per add. 20g
UK & Éire postcard 8 m
1940 Inland commercial papers 3 m per 50g; minimum 250g
May 1, 1940[3][18] Inland letter 7 m (20g); 5 m per add. 20g
July 1, 1940[19][4] Foreign letter 15 m (20g); 10 m per add. 20g
Foreign postcard 10 m
Inland registration 15 m
Foreign registration 15 m
Inland advice of delivery 15 m
Foreign advice of delivery 15 m
Inland enquiry 15 m
Foreign enquiry 15 m
Insurance (incl. mand. reg.) 25 m for value up to £12; 10 m per add. value of £12
Insured box 16 m (50g); minimum 65 m
April 1, 1941[1][20] Inland letter 10 m (30g); 6 m per add. 30g
Inland postcard 7 m
July 1, 1943[1][20] Foreign letter 20 m (20g); 13 m per add. 20g
UK & Éire letter 15 m (20g); 10 m per add. 20g
Foreign postcard 13 m
UK & Éire postcard 10 m
Inland printed matter 3 m per 50g; (Bale lists 1.05.1941)
Foreign printed matter 5 m per 50g
Inland commercial papers 3 m per 50g
Foreign commercial papers 5 m per 50g; minimum 250g
April 5, 1945[21][20] Small packet 8 m (50g); 8 m per add. 50g
Inland Express 40 m for distances up to 3km; 35 m per add. 1km
Foreign Express 40 m

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Proud, 2006, p. 85, 86.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bale, 2000, p. xv, 162.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Proud, 2006, p. 85.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Bale, 2000, p. xv.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bale, 2000, p. xv, 164, 166.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Proud, 2006, p. 86.
  7. Bale, 2000, p. xv, 166.
  8. Bale, 2000, p. xv, 166, 170.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Bale, 2000, p. xv, 167.
  10. Proud, 1985, p. 89.
  11. Proud, 2006, p. 87.
  12. Bale, 2000, p. 167.
  13. Proud, 2006, p. 85, 86, 88.
  14. Bale, 2000, p. xv, 170.
  15. Proud, 2006, p. 85, 86, 97.
  16. Proud, 2006, p. 97.
  17. Proud, 2006, p. 85, 86, 101.
  18. Bale, 2000, p. xv, 173.
  19. Proud, 2006, p. 85, 86, 87.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Bale, 2000, p. xv, 174.
  21. Proud, 2006, p. 86, 87.

Sources

  • Bale : the stamps of Palestine Mandate 1917–1948, 9th ed. (2000). Joseph D. Stier (ed.). Chariot. ISSN 1350679X.
  • Proud, Edward B. (2006). The postal history of Palestine and Transjordan. Heathfield. ISBN 1872465897. First edition (1985): The postal history of British Palestine 1918-1948.

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