A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

Concise List of Post Offices and their Post Marks 1917--1948

The following table lists all known post offices and postal facilities with their post marks, including army and field installations. The period covered is the start of the occupation by allied forces in 1917 to the end of the mandate in May 1948. The actual post marks with their inscriptions are listed in a summarising fashion only. They are not detailed by size or design, but the total number of variants is noted.

This list is based to a large extent on information published in various books, including the handbooks by Michael Sacher and David Dorfman. More detailed work has to be done on this aspect of postal history.

Mandate post marks show dates in two main ways: the month is abbreviated either with two or three letters. The Year is expressed as a two-digit or a four-digit number.

Variations of Dates

MonthTwo
Letters
Three
Letters
JanuaryJAJAN
FebruaryFEFEB
MarchMRMAR
AprilAPAPR, APL
MayMYMAY
JuneJUJUN
JulyJYJUL
AugustAUAUG
SeptemberSP, SESEP
OctoberOCOCT
NovemberNONOV
DecemberDEDEC

Post Offices and their Marks

NCPlace / Inscription(s)First UseLast UseVar.
1Acre
OETA EEF Acre, Acre20.09.191915.05.19486
2Afikim
Afikim1.03.194514.05.19482
3Afula
Afule, El Affule, Affula, AF17.02.192314.05.194811
4Alonim
Alonim25.10.194514.05.19483
5Ashdot Yaaqov
Ashdot Yaaqov1.03.194514.05.19482
6Athlith
Athlith1.09.192214.05.19483
7El Bassa
El Bassa26.08.194430.04.19483
8Bat Yam
Bat Yam20.01.193814.05.19483
9Beer Tuviya
Beer Tuviya, Ber Tuviya15.08.193816.04.19483
10Beersheba
OETA EEF Beersheba, Beersheba20.12.191930.04.19489
11Beisan -- Beyt Shean
Beisan4.02.192130.04.19483
12Beit Hakerem
Beth Hakerem, Beit Hakerem192730.04.19486
13Beit Hashita
Beyt Hashita, Beit Hashita1.03.194414.05.19482
14Beit Jala
Beit Jala1.04.192930.04.19483
15Beit Jibrin -- Beit Guurin
Beit Jibrin16.08.194715.03.19481
16Beit Vegan
Beit Vegan, Bait Vegan8.06.193620.01.19383
17Ben Shemen
Ben Shemen21.05.194410.03.19482
18Benay Beraq
Bnei Brak, Benay Beraq14.05.192930.04.19485
19Ber Yacob
Ber Yacob16.03.192230.10.19262
20Bethlehem
Bethlehem OETA EEF, Bethlehem19.06.191930.04.19485
21Binyamina
Benjamina, Benyamina, Binyamina21.11.192714.05.19487
22Bir Zeit
Bir Ez Zait, Bir Zeit192530.04.19484
23The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea1.10.194123.12.19471
24Ein Hashofet
Ein Hashofet1.10.194414.05.19483
25Ein Karim
Ein Karim15.04.194530.04.19481
26Even Yehuda
Even Yehuda2.01.194414.05.19483
27Eyn Harod
Ain Harod, Ein Harod, Meshek Ein Harod30.11.192714.05.19489
28Faluja
Faluja1.11.194330.04.19483
29Gaza
OETA EEF Gaza, Gaza, Gaza Registered3.06.191915.05.194810
30Gedera
Gedera2.02.193630.04.19483
31Gevat
Gevat17.12.194430.04.19482
32Giva'tayim
Giva'tayim, Givatayim25.08.194614.05.19482
33Givat Brenner
Gevaat Brenner, Givat Brenner2.03.193614.05.19483
34Givat Haiyim
Givat Haim, Givat Hayim15.03.194430.04.19483
35Hadera
Khudeira, Hedera, Hadera, Hadera Registered, Hadera M.O., HD1.04.192114.05.194810
36Haifa
Field Post Office D.C.5, ~C.14, ~C.15, ~D. 54, ~161, ~162, ~163, ~H 20, ~H20, ~SZ 16, ~SZ 5723.09.191814.04.191911
37F.P.O. No. 328, F.P.P. No. 3832.09.191903.19212
38O.E.T.A-E.E.F Haifa, Haifa O E T A E E F, Haifa OETA, Haifa O E T , Haifa OET, OETA Haif, OET Haifa, Post Office Haifa24.12.191814.07.19209
39Haifa, H a i f a20.07.192014.05.194829
40CFA, H.A., HA16.10.193510.04.19476
41Haifa Regd, Haifa Reg, H a i f a Registered, Registered Haifa, Haifa-Registered 329.12.192005.194817
42Haifa Palestine Postage Paid, ~2M, ~2, ~Z, ~M, ~3M, ~3, ~3., ~510.03.192828.11.19479
43Haifa (1) [5 wavy lines or various slogans]30.09.192505.19487
44Haifa20.01.193005.194827
45Haifa, Haifa . Express, Haifa M.O.O., Haifa M.O., Haifa Parcel Post, Telegraphs Haifa, Haifa Telegraphs1.11.192705.194815
46Haifa -- Ahuzat Samuel Town Agency
Ahuzat Samuel, Ahuzat Samuel Haifa18.11.193505.19485
47Haifa -- Bat Galim Town Agency
Bat Galim12.07.193905.19483
48Haifa -- Bazaar Branch Office
Haifa Bazaar B O, Haifa.Bazaar.B.O., Haifa Bazaar.B.O.7.01.192918.01.19383
49Haifa -- Carmel Avenue Branch Office
Carmel Avenue.B.O Haifa, Carmel Avenue B. O. Haifa18.02.192420.11.19263
50Haifa -- Hadar Hacarmel Branch Office
Hadar Hacarmel BO Haifa, Hadar Hacarmel BO. Haifa, Hadar Hacarmel, Haifa Hadar Hacarmel B.O, Haifa Hadar Hacarmel B.O.15.12.192605.19487
51Haifa -- Hertseliya Street Branch Office
Hertseliya B O, Haifa Hertseliya St BO, Haifa Hertseliya BO St. BO.5.06.194530.04.19483
52Haifa -- Hidjaz Town Agency
Hidjaz Street Haifa29.05.194105.19481
53Haifa -- Mount Carmel Postal Agency/Branch Office
Mt Carmel Haifa, Mount Carmel3.12.192805.19483
54Haifa -- Nahla Branch Office
Nahla BO, Haifa Nahla BO, Haifa Nahla B.O.1.05.193805.19483
55Haifa -- Nazareth Street Branch Office
Nazareth Street B. O., Haifa Nazareth St B.O., Haifa Nazareth S[^T] B.O.19.01.193827.03.19413
56Hebron
Hebron OET, Hebron OETA, Hebron9.04.191930.04.19488
57Heftsibah Beit Alfa
Heftsibah Beit Alfa1.05.193530.04.19483
58Herzliya
Herzelia Postal Agency, Herzlia, Hertsliya, Hertseliya1.11.192630.04.19488
59Holon
Holon25.03.194330.04.19484
60Isdud
Isdud21.06.194830.04.19482
61Jaffa
Field Post Office H21, Army Post Office SZ 7, ~SZ 45, ~SZ454.01.191822.11.19184
62OETA EEF Jaffa, O.E.T.A-E.E.F Jaffa, O.E T.A-E.E.F Jaffa, Jaffa O E T P A, Post Office Jaffa8.11.191814.07.19205
63Jaffa26.07.192005.194815
64JA----2
65Jaffa Registered, Registered Jaffa, Jaffa-Registered 1, Jaffa-Registered 2, Jaffa Registered 223.02.192105.194813
66Jaffa Paid Mills, Jaffa Postage Paid, Jaffa Palestine Postage Paid 3M, ~2M31.10.192214.11.19474
67Jaffa, Jaffa (1) [5 wavy lines or various slogans]19282.10.19405
68Jaffa6.02.19303.08.19384
69Jaffa-Express, Jaffa M.O.O., Jaffa Parcel Post, Telegraphs Jaffa10.02.193730.04.19484
70Jaffa -- Ajami Street Branch Office
Ajami B O Jaffa, Ajami.B.O.Jaffa24.03.192131.03.19314
71Jaffa -- Tel Aviv Branch Office
Tel Aviv Jaffa, Tel-Aviv-Jaffa20.06.192019223
72Jenin
Jenin07.192030.04.19483
73Jericho
Jericho14.10.192130.04.19486
74Jerusalem
Army Post Offce SZ 44, Army Post Office SZ 44, Army Post Office17.12.19177.01.19193
75Field Post Office DM 113.02.191822.02.19181
76Army Post Offce S.Z. 211.09.19183.11.19191
77O.E.T.A-E.E.F. Jerusalem. O.E.T.A.E.E.F Jerusalem, O E T A E E F Jerusalem, O E T A E E F Jerus lem, E E F O E T A Jerusalem, OETA EEF Jerusalem11.09.191829.07.19206
78OETA EEF Jerusalem M O, OETA EEF Jerusalem RGD, Post Office Jerusalem4.02.1920--2
79Jerusalem, Ierusalem1.07.192010.05.194836
80JSM, J.M., JM, Jerusalem20.09.192004.19487
81Jerusalem RGD, Jerusalem, Registed Jerusalem1.07.19205.04.194825
82Jerusalem Paid Mills, Jerusalem Paid 3 Mills, ~5 Mills,~15 Mills, Jerusalem Paid, Jerusalem Postage Paid3.09.192025.10.192712
83Jerusalem Palestine Postage Paid7.02.192818.11.19478
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Letter of the British Red Cross, Palestine from Jerusalem to Haifa. Postage Paid double-circle bridge postmark in red ink: JERUSALEM / PALESTINE / POSTAGE PAID / 3M 8 JU 42 (Sacher E13).

84Jerusalem [5 wavy lines, with or w/o `Palestine']5.08.192509.19395
85Jerusalem [7 wavy lines or various slogans]11.03.192904.194810
86Jerusalem [with slogans:] Palestine Postage Paid 3 Mills [or] Postage Paid 2 Mills, Postage Paid Jerusalem23.02.192610.19295
87Jerusalem Postage Paid 2 M, Jerusalem Postage Paid 3 M [with 7 wavy lines or slogan]26.10.193719424
88Jerusalem14.08.193021.04.194835
89Delivery Jerusalem16.01.192026.09.19211
90Post Office Jerusalem, Jerusalem P P , Jerusalem Parcel Post, Parcel Post Jerusalem10.01.192019489
91Jerusalem -- Citadel Post Office
Citadel B.O Jerusalem7.10.192925.04.19482
92Jerusalem -- German Colony Potal Agency
German Colony Jerusalem1.03.192823.07.19281
93Jerusalem -- Greek Colony Branch Post Office
Greek Colony Jerusalem10.07.19296.04.19482
94Jerusalem -- Mahane Yehuda Branch Post Office
Mahane Yehuda B.O. Jerusalem28.09.193425.04.19483
95Jerusalem -- Meo Sheorim Branch Office
OETA EEF Jerusalem 1, OETA EEF Meo Sheorim Jslm, Meo Sheorim Jeslm, Mea Shearim Jeslm, Mea Shearim Jerusalem14.01.192004.19487
96Jerusalem -- Rehavia Branch Post Office
Rehavia BO Jsm, Rehavia B.O. Jerusalem1.04.193627.04.19484
97Jerusalem -- Talavera Barracks Postal Agency
Talavera Bks Jerusalem15.07.19367.10.19361
98Karkur
Kerkur Postal Agency, Kerkur, Karkur15.10.192830.04.19485
99Kefar Barouch
Kefar Barouch2.04.194430.04.19482
100Kefar Behadraga
Kefar Behadraga24.09.194430.04.19483
101Kefar Hassidim
Kefar Hassidim3.12.194430.04.19482
102Kefar Sava
Kefar Sava21.10.192930.04.19485
103Kefar Shemaryahu
Kefar Shemaryahu1.02.194430.04.19483
104Kefar Sirkin
Kefar Sirkin23.09.194530.04.19483
105Kefar Tabor
Kefar Tabor2.04.194430.04.19482
106Kefar Vitkin
Kefar Vitkin14.12.193630.04.19482
107Kefar Yedidya
Kefar Yedidya26.03.194430.04.19483
108Kefar Yehezkel
Kefar Yehezkel15.01.194030.04.19482
109Kefar Yehoshua
Kfar Yehoshua, Kefar Yehoshua1.07.194430.04.19484
110Kefar Yona
Kfar Yona, Kefar Yona10.07.194430.04.19483
111Kfar Ata
Kfar Ata, Kefar Ata1.04.194230.04.19483
112Khan Yunus
Khan Yunus26.10.192630.04.19484
113Kinneret
Kinereth, Kinneret9.12.193430.04.19485
114Lod Airport
Lydda Air Port., Registered Lydda Air Port1.08.193720.04.19484
115Lod Junction
OETA EEF Ludd, Ludd, Ludd Junction, Lydda Junction, Lydda7.04.191924.02.193411
116Lod Village
Ludd Village, Lydda28.04.192130.04.19488
117Maaborot
Maaborot, Maabarot5.03.194430.04.19482
118Magdiel
Magdiel Postal Agency, Magdiel18.10.192619.02.19394
119El Majdal
Majdel, Majdal, El Majdal6.11.192030.04.19487
120Maoz Haim
Maoz Haim, Maoz Haiyim1.03.194430.04.19483
121El Masmiya al Kabira
El Masmiya al Kabira, Masmiya al Kabira21.04.194530.04.19481
122Meir Shefeya
Meir Shefeya PA, Meir Shefeya21.01.194530.04.19482
123Merhavya
Merhavya21.05.194430.04.19483
124Meshek Ayelet Hashshahar
Meshek Ayelet Hashshahar, Meshek Ayelet Ashahar9.04.194414.05.19482
125Meshek Yajur
Meshek Yajur11.07.194414.05.19481
126Metulla
Postal Agency Metullah, Metulla3.08.192514.05.19483
127Migdal
Migdal194514.05.19482
128Mishmar Haemek
Mishmar Haemek28.01.194515.05.19482
129Mizra
Mizra PA, Mizra29.07.194514.05.19482
130Na'an
Naan, Na an7.11.194414.05.19482
131Nablus
Nablus OET, Nablus12.07.191914.05.19485
132Nahalal
Nahalal Postal Agency, Nahalal, N.L.192314.05.194810
133Nahalat Yehuda
Nachlat Yehouda, Nahalat Yehuda, Nahlat Yehuda23.02.193614.05.19485
134Nahariya
Nahariya15.08.193814.05.19484
135Nazareth
Nazareth OET, Nazareth20.04.191915.05.19485
136Nes Ziyona
Nes Ziyona Postal Agency, Nes Ziyona, Nes Tsiyona8.07.192714.05.19485
137Netanya
Nathanya, Registered Nathanya7.06.193314.05.19484
138Nuseirat
Nuseirat15.11.194422.08.19451
139Pardess Hanna
Pardess Hanna2.06.193315.05.19483
140Petah Tikqva
Petach Tikvah, Petah Tikvah, Petah Tiqva, Registered Petahtiqva, PT10.11.192015.05.194813
141Qalqilya
Qalqilye, Qalqilya20.05.192915.05.19485
142Qiryat Amal
Qiryat Amal1.10.194715.05.19482
143Qiryat Anavim
Qiryat Anavim1.10.194415.05.19481
144Qiryat Haim
Kiryat Haim, Qiryat Haim1.09.193514.05.19487
145Qiryat Motzkin
Qiryat Motzkin1.06.194715.05.19482
146Raanana
Raanana4.03.193115.05.19483
147Rafa
OETA EEF Rafa, Rafa12.02.192023.02.19212
148Er Rama
Er Rama, Errama15.07.194404.19483
149Ramallah
OETA EEF Ramallah, Ramallah, Ram Allah17.03.192030.04.19486
150Ramat Gan
Ramat Gan Postal Agency, Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan M.O.20.05.192715.05.19487
151Ramat Hakovesh
Ramat Hakovesh24.06.194514.05.19482
152Ramat Hasharon
Ramat Hasharon6.01.194514.05.19483
153Ramataim
Ramataim, Ramatayim, RM1.01.193515.05.19487
154Ramleh
Ramleh OET, Ramleh OETA, Ramleh, Ramleh Palestine, Er Ramle6.04.191914.05.19489
155Rehovot
Rehoboth, Rehovot, Registered Rehovot, RB11.05.192114.05.194811
156Rishon Le Zion
Rishon-Le-Zion, Rishon Le Zion, Rishon Le Ziyon, Rishon Le Tsiyon, RN10.04.192114.05.19489
157Rosh Pinna
Roch Pina, Rosh Pinah, Rosh Pinna12.01.192114.05.19486
158Safed
Safed, Field Post Office SZ 61, Safed OETA, OETA EEF Safed, Safed, Safad1.11.191810.03.194814
159Salfit
Salfit8.01.194514.05.19482
160Sarafand
Surafend, Sarafand12.05.192214.05.19488
161Sarona
Sarona28.02.19295.09.19392
162Sde Yaaqov
Sde Yaaqov21.05.194414.05.19482
163Sdeh Nahum
Sdeh Nahum15.02.194414.05.19483
164Semakh
Semakh8.04.192114.05.19486
165Shefa Amr
Shefa Amr8.08.193205.19483
166Shekhunat Borokhov
Borochev Colony, Shekhunat Borokhov1.11.193328.02.19424
167Tarshiha
Tarshiha21.02.194405.19483
168Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, T e l A v i v, Tel-Aviv25.08.192114.05.194843
169TLV, T.V., TV192701.19449
170Registered Tel Aviv, Tel-Aviv Registered, Registered Tel-Aviv4.12.192705.194817
171Tel Aviv Palestine Postage Paid, ~2M, ~2, ~310.07.19265.03.19484
172Postage Paid Tel Aviv, Tel-Aviv Postage Paid 2M, ~3M19.08.192825.11.19474
173Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv (1), Tel-Aviv [5 wavy lines with or w/o `Palestine' or various slogans]30.08.192505.19485
174Tel Aviv, Tel-Aviv15.12.19323.05.194859
175Tel Aviv-Express, Tel Aviv M O , M.O.O. Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Parcel Post, Tel-Aviv Parcel Post, Tel Aviv RLD, Telegraph Tel Aviv23.04.193605.194812
176Tel Aviv -- Allenby Road Branch Office
Allenby Road.B.O. Tel.Aviv, Tel-Aviv.Allenby Road B.O., Tel Aviv Allenby Road, Telaviv Allenby Road BO, Allenby.Road B.O. Tel-Aviv, Allenby Road B.O. Tel-Aviv, All.Rd B.O. Tel-Aviv Registered5.06.192505.194810
177Tel Aviv -- Dizengoff Street Branch Office
Dizengoff Street BO, Tel Aviv Dizengoff S[^T] B.O.30.11.193705.19483
178Tel Aviv -- Herzl Street Branch Office
Herzl St.B.O. Tel-Aviv, Herzl Street B.O. Tel Aviv, Herzl Street B.O. Tel. Aviv, Herzl S[^T].B.O. Tel Aviv, Herzl St. B.O. TelAviv6.09.193605.19485
179Tel Aviv -- Shekhunat Montefiore Branch Office
Shekhunat Montefiore Tel Aviv15.04.193730.06.19434
180Tel Aviv -- Special Branch Offices
Exhibition B O Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Levant Fair B O, Levant Fair. Tel Aviv, Second Maccabiah Tel Aviv, Philatelic Exhibition Tel Aviv, Phila Exhibition Tel Aviv Registered, Phil. Exhibition Tel Aviv Registered8.04.192926.12.19469
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Air letter from Tel Aviv to New York. SG Nos. 102, 90 (single), 90 (block of four), cancelled (four strikes) with PHILATELIC EXHIBITION / TEL AVIV / B / 25 DE / 1946 (Sacher J68). This postmark as used at the exhibition between 22--26.12.1946.

181Tel Aviv -- Tel Nordau Branch Office
Tel Nordau. Tel Aviv, Tel Nordau Tel Aviv13.06.193405.19482
182Tel Aviv -- Yorkon Branch Office
Yarkon B O Tel Aviv17.11.193529.11.19371
183Tel Mond
Tel Mond11.11.193415.05.19485
184Tiberias
Tiberias OET, Tiberias16.02.191914.05.194811
185Tirat Tsevi
Tirat Tsevi1.02.194514.05.19482
186Travelling Post Office: Jaffa--Lod--Jerusalem
P A L TPO, L A P T P O, L A P T P O, PAJ TPO, JAP T P O18.06.191812.12.19195
187Travelling Post Office: Jaffa--Lod--Jerusalem
Jerusalem Lodd TPO, Jerusalem Jaffa TPO Down, Jerusalem Jaffa TPO Up, Jerusalem Jaffa TPO Dwn, Jerusalem-Jaffa T.P.O.15.10.192012.04.19346
188Travelling Post Office: Jerusalem--Lydda
Jsm Lydda TPO, Jerusalem Lydda TPO, Lydda Jerusalem T.P.O., Jerusalem Lydda T.P.O.15.02.193520.07.19385
189Tul Karm
OETA EEF Tul Keram, Tul Keram, Tulkeram, Tul Karem, Tul Karm29.04.191914.05.194813
190Yajur Nesher
Yajur (Nesher), Yajur Nesher20.11.193414.05.19484
191Yavneel
Yavneel, Yavniel1.10.192414.05.19484
192Yokneam
Yokneam15.02.194414.05.19483
193Zammarin
Zammarin OETA EEF, Zammarin8.03.192027.12.19202
194Zikhron Ya'aqov
Zicron, Zicron Jacob, Zikhron Ya'aqov, Zikhron Yaaqov22.01.192114.05.19489

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