A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

Postal Rates: Letters

Postmaster General: Postal Guide 1948

LETTERS

The prepaid rate of postage is as follows:

    Not exceeding 30 grammes in weight ... ... ... 10 mils.
    For every additional 30 grammes or part thereof ... 6 mils

A letter, if posted unpaid, is charged on delivery with double postage; if posted underpaid, with double the amount short paid.

No letter may exceed 60 cm. in length, 30 cm. in width, or 30 cm. in depth, or, if in the form of a roll, 75 cm. in length and 10 cm. in diameter. The limit of weight is 2 kilogrammes.

(Postmaster General: Postal Guide 1948; reprinted in: E. Proud: The Postal History of Palestine. Proud-Bailey, 1985)

Letters: Inland

Period Upto 20g add. 20g comments
–.11.1917–15.02.1918 free free Due to lack of stamps, civilians were allowed to use the Army and Field Post facilities free of charge.
16.02.1918–30.03.1941 5 m 3 m
1.04.1941–14.05.1948 10 m 6 m

Comment:
In his first edition Proud maintains the 20g weight measure throughout his listings; however the rates fixed in the Postal Guide 1948 (as quoted above) refer only to 30g. In that first edition, Proud also lists for 1.05.1940–31.03.1943 a rate of 7m+5m.

Late posting fee of a postal packet: 2 m (1.06.1932)

Letters: Foreign

Period Upto 20g add. 20g comments
–.11.1917–9.02.1918 free free Due to lack of stamps, civilians were allowed to use the Army and Field Post facilities free of charge.
10.02.1918–31.07.1920 10 m free
1.08.1920–30.09.1921 10 m 6 m
1.10.1921–31.12.1922 13 m 9 m
1.01.1923–31.05.1932 13 m 7 m
1.06.1932–30.06.1940 15 m 9 m
1.07.1940–30.06.1943 15 m 10 m
1.07.1943–14.05.1948 20 m 13 m

Letters: Foreign – Reduced Rates for UK & Ireland

Period Upto 20g add. 20g comments
15.02.1926–28.02.1929 7 m 4 m  
1.03.1929–31.03.1930 13 m 7 m
1.04.1930–31.05.1932 7 m 4 m
1.06.1932–28.02.1938 8 m 5 m
1.03.1938–30.03.1938 "All Up" Empire air mail rate: 10m per 10g.
1.04.1938–3.09.1939 "All Up" Empire air mail rate: 10 m (10g); 10 m per add. 10g up to 70g; 70 m for 71g to 90g, 80 m for 91g to 110g, over 110g: 80 m plus 10 m per add. 20g.
4.09.1939–30.06.1943 10 m 6 m
1.07.1943–14.05.1948 15 m 10 m
Comment:
It's not entirely clear whether, during the existance of the "All Up" Empire air mail rate, the cheaper ordinary surface mail rate continued to be in force. Proud says on p.58 (1st ed.) that from "27th February 1938 [...] all first class mail went by air without additional fee."

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