Monday, October 24, 2011

Printing the First Stamps from Eretz Yisrael 91 Years Ago

A stamp showing
Rachel's Tomb with
writing in English,
Arabic and Hebrew
The Ottoman Empire established a postal service throughout Palestine in the 1800s, but six foreign powers had contracts -- called capitulations -- which permitted them to run their own postal service. 

Printing and proofreading stamps 1920
After Great Britain captured Palestine from the Turkish army in late 1917 and 1918, it set about to establish one local Palestinian Mandate postal service. 

In 1920, the British supervised the printing of stamps, and as an "overprinting," added Hebrew to the Arabic and English on the stamps.

The "overprinting" in English, Arabic
and Hebrew
Proofreading the stamps, 1920
The Jews of Palestine requested that the name Eretz Yisrael be printed on the stamps in Hebrew.  The Arabs protested, and the name Palestina was written in Hebrew with an important addition: the letters Alef and Yud were added -- the abbreviation of Eretz Yisrael.


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