A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

Postal Rates: Express Delivery

Postmaster General: Postal Guide 1948

EXPRESS SERVICES

The following Express Services are available:—

Conveyance of an article all the way by post office officer at request of sender

Postal packets for express delivery by this service are accepted at all post offices and postal agencies from which there is a delivery of telegrams.

Charges For the first kilometre and a half, or any part thereof 40 mils
For above one kilometre and a half and not more
than three kilometres ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...  
80 mils
For every additional kilometre and a half or part
thereof beyond three kilometres ...   ...   ...   ...   ...  
35 mils
   (Ordinary postage is not charged.)

If the sender wishes a taxi or other special conveyance to be used throughout, the actual fare or cost of the conveyance is charged in addition to the kilometric fee.

Where several articles are tendered for delivery at separate addresses, or to different persons at the same address, a special charge of 10 mils is made for each additional article.

If the Postman/Messenger has to wait at the address, there is a waiting fee of 20 mils for each ten minutes, or part of ten minutes, beyond the first ten minutes.

Posting and Distinctive Marking

Packets for this service must not be posted in a letter box.

The word Express, or its equivalent in Arabic or Hebrew, must be boldly and legibly written by the sender above the address in the left-hand corner of the cover.

Hours of Posting

Packets for delivery under this Service may be posted at any time, that an office is open for telegraph delivery.

Money and jewellery may be conveyed by this service all the way at the sender's risk without being registered.

Living animals can be accepted for express delivery, provided that a suitable receptacle or lead is supplied, and that the sender takes precautions to safeguard the post office officer from injury.

Liquids are accepted, although contained in glass bottles, provided the bottles are properly closed, and that the packet bears some such label as Liquid or Fragile, with care.

The sender of a postal packet may arrange

Special Delivery

Under this service the sender of a postal packet may arrange for its special delivery after its arrival at the office of delivery, from which it would ordinarily be delivered. The packet is despatched from the office of posting by the next ordinary mail despatch and receives no express treatment until it reaches the office of delivery, when it is picked out from the rest of the mail and delivered by special messenger.

Posting and Distinctive Marking

The word "Express" must be boldly and legibly marked above the address on the left-hand side of the cover and in the case of a letter the cover must also be marked with a broad perpendicular line from top to bottom, both on front and back.

The post office does not undertake to ensure the special delivery of a letter which is not marked in the manner prescribed.

Letters for special delivery may be handed in at a post office or, unless intended for registration, may be posted in a letter-box.

If posted in a letter-box the full charges should be prepaid in stamps.

Express Service from Office of Delivery at Request of Addressee

Method of Application

Applications for this service most be signed by the persons to whom the postal packets are addlressed. Forms of al, plication may be obtained at any post office.

The application should be addressed to the Postmaster or Chief Officer on duty at the post office front which the letters are ordinarily delivered. Where possible, it should be delivered at the office by hand; but where this cannot be done it may be handed in at any post office or posted in any letter-box in the district served from the office. In either of the latter cases the postage should be prepaid by means of a stamp affixed to the outside of the form. The application should, however, reach the office at least an hour before the time at which the delivery commences.

Charges.

The express fee on at least one packet must be prepaid in stamps affixed to the application form. All additional fees must be paid to the delivering officer on delivery.

If no postal packet for the address given is found, a messenger will be sent to inform the applicant to that effect, and the express fee will be retained to pay for this service.

Application for a regular service.

Where express delivery is required regularly, one form of application is sufficient. The charges are collected on delivery of the postal packets.

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

Express Delivery

Period fee Comments
(1926)–31.12.1936 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.
1.01.1937–4.04.1945 25 m (distance specs. unknown); only available in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, and Tel-Aviv
5.04.1945– 40 m for distances up to 3km, 35 m per each add. 1km or part
(1948) 40 m for distances up to 1.5km, 80 m for distances over 1.5km up to 3km, over 3km: 35m for each add. 1.5km or part.

International Express Delivery

Period fee Comments
5.04.1945–14.05.1948 40 m
I have not found any actual rates or fees other than those mentioned in the 1948 Postal Guide as quoted above and Proud 2006 (p.87). Those charges, at least for the first option, are difficult to apply by the sender it seems, as one would have to know the distance between the office of delivery and the addressee's house... Anybody researching in this field, please come forward! 340425_telR (42K)
Backside of an inland telegram form from 1934, advertising the Express Delivery Service.
381201_jaffa_exp (40K) 430000_nablus_exp (29K)
Registered Express letter from Jaffa to Tel Aviv, bearing a JAFFA REGISTERED and JAFFA EXPRESS postmark of 1.12.1938, a registration label JAFFA / No. 434 and and official express label P.T. 554 / POST OFFICE / EXPRESS.
The total rate of 36m consists of: 5m (letter up to 20g), 13m (registration), and 18m (special express delivery)? The letter does not bear a weight, maybe above 20g?
Image: ebay.
Registered Express letter from Nablus to Jaffa. Postmark: NABLUS / B / 16 [?] / 43; registration label NABLUS / No 0933 and and official express label P.T. [?] / POST OFFICE / EXPRESS.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m (letter up to 20g), 15m (registration), and 28m (special express delivery)? This letter does not bear a weight eight, and the month is not legible. Standard letter rate rose in April 1943 from 7m to 10m.
Image: ebay.
350517_tel_exp (30K)
Express letter from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, May 1935. Postmarks: TEL AVIV / C / 17 MY / 35 and JERUSALEM / B / 17 MY / 35.
The total rate of 25m consists of: 5m (letter up to 20g) and 20m (special express delivery).
410919_exp (27K) _exp (23K)
Express letter from Jerusalem Tel Aviv, bearing a postmark JERUSALEM-EXPRESS / E / 18 SP / 41 and regular "EXPRESS" handstamp. Arrival mark on reverse: TEL AVIV / A / 19 SP / 41.
The total rate of 35m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), and 25m (special express delivery).
Express letter from Nathanya to Jerusalem. Postmark: NATHANYA / C / 31 MR / 42 and white-on-red express label. Transit mark TEL AVIV / [?] / 31 MR / 42, arrival mark: JERUSALEM / A / 1 AP / 42.
The total rate of 35m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), and 25m (special express delivery).
401202_regexV (34K) 401202_regexR (22K)
Express letter from Jerusalem to Haifa. Postmarks: JERUSALEM / REGISTERED / A / 2 DE 40, REGISTERED / HAIFA / 2 DE 40; registration label: JERUSALEM / No. 5495 and remants of an official POST OFFICE / EXPRESS label.
The total rate of 47m (6x7m, 5m) consists of: 10m (letter up to 20g), 15m (registration), and apparently 22m (express delivery).
Image: ebay.
420330_haifa_exp (23K) 450305_haifa_exp (23K)
Express letter from Haifa to Jerusalem, March 1942, franked with 20m and 15m Pictorials.
Postmarks: HAIFA HADAR HACARMEL B.O. / B / 30 MR / 42 and JERUSALEM / B / 30 MR / 42.
The total rate of 35m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), and 25m (special express delivery).
Express letter from Haifa to Jerusalem, March 1945, franked with 2x10m and 15m Pictorials.
Postmarks: HAIFA HADAR HACARMEL B.O. / B / 5 MR / 45 and JERUSALEM / E / 5 MR / 45.
The total rate of 35m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g) and 25m (special express delivery).
421108_jeru_exp (29K) 470131_tel_exp (31K)
Express letter from Jerusalem to Haifa, November 1942, franked with 20m and 15m Pictorials.
The total rate of 35m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), and apparently 25m (special express delivery).
Express letter from January 1947 within Tel Avi. Franking: 4x10m, 5m, and 3m. No sign of a 2m stamp having fallen off.
The total rate of 48m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), and apparently 38m (special express delivery)?
441214_expJer (27K) 450529_expJaf (35K)
Express letter from Jerusalem to Haifa, December 1944. No weight marking. Franking: 3x10m, 5m.
The total rate of 35m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), and apparently 25m (special express delivery).
Express letter from May 1945 sent from Jaffa to Haifa. No weight marking. Franking: 4x10m, 2x5m.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), and apparently 40m (special express delivery).
440629_exp (27K) 470724_exp (25K)
Express letter from Jerusalem to Jaffa, June 1944, official (Supreme Court Jerusalem to District Court, Jaffa). No weight marking. Franking: 2x10m, 5m.
Due to its official status the total rate of 25m covers special express delivery only.
Another official express letter from July 1947, sent by the Food Controller, Jerusalem to Government Agents, Haifa. No weight marking. Franking: 4x10m.
The total rate of 40m again covers special express delivery only.
450428_regexp (34K) 471030_expV (23K)
Letter between two branches of the Government Transport Agency, sent registered and by express from Jaffa to Haifa, April 1945. No weight marking. Franking: 4x15m, 5m.
The total rate of 65m consists of: 10m (letter up to 30g), 15m (registration) and 40m (special express delivery).
Express letter Tel Aviv to Haifa, October 1947. 50m total: 10m regular inland letter rate + 40m express fee.
Image: ebay.
470326_exp (25K) 451122_expRehov (21K)
Single franking of SG no. 100 on an express letter from Nathanya to Tel Aviv, March 1947. No weight marking.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m regular inland letter rate + 40m express fee.
Another 50m single franking of SG no. 100, this time from Rehovot to Tel Aviv, November 1945
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m regular inland letter rate + 40m express fee.
460211_exptib (22K) 360600_jeru_exp (34K)
Express postcard from Tiberias to Jerusalem, June 1946. 8m (foreign rate) postcard uprated with a pair of 20m stamps.
The total rate of 48m consists of: 7m (domestic postcard), and 40m (special express delivery). The 1m extra could be because there were no domestic postcards at hand?
Image: ebay.
Express Airmail letter from Jerusalem to Alexandria with a July 1936 postmark, cendsor label and censor handstamp.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 15m (foreign letter up to 20g), 5m (air fee), 30m (special express delivery)? This letter does not bear any weight.
Image: ebay.
460520_haifa_exp (30K) 460707_haifa_exp (222K)
Express letter from Haifa to Tel-Aviv, May 1946, franked with 50m Pictorial: HAIFA / 2 PM / 20 MY / 46; on reverse arrival mark TEL AVIV / C / 20 MY / 46.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m (domestic letter), and 40m (special express delivery).
Express letter from Haifa to Petah Tiqcva, July 1947. 50m Pictotial ingle franking: HAIFA / 1 PM / 7 JY / 46; on reverse arrival mark PETAH TIWVA / C / 7 JY / 46.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m (domestic letter), 40m (special express delivery).
470113_jeru_regexp (29K)
Registered Express letter from Jerusalem to Tiberias, January 1947, franked with 50m + 15m Pictorials: REGISTERED / JERUSALEM / 13 JA 47; on reverse arrival mark TIBERIAS / A / 14 JA / 47.
The total rate of 65m consists of: 10m (domestic letter), 15 (inland registration) and 40m (special express delivery).
460626_exp (22K) 470214_regexp (30K)
Express letter from Jerusalem to Tiberias, June 1946, franked with 50m "Pictorial": JERUSALEM·EXPRESS / D / 26 JU / 46; on reverse arrival mark TIBERIAS / B / 27 JU / 46.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m (domestic letter), and 40m (special express delivery)?
Express letter from Tel Aviv to Haifa, February 1947. Block of six 10m, plus singles 10m and 5m: TEL-AVIV / REGISTERED / 14 FE 47; on reverse arrival mark REGISTERED / HAIFA / 15 Fe 47.
The total rate of 75m consists of: 10m (domestic letter), 15m (registration) and 50m (special express delivery)?
441006_exp (28K) 461031_exp (29K)
Registered Express letter from Haifa to Jerusalem, October 1944, 50m "Pictorial": HAIFA / HADAR HACARMEL B.O. / D / 6 OC / 44; on reverse transit mark REGISTERED / HAIFA / 6 OC 44, arrival mark: REGISTERED / JERUSALEM / B / 7 OC 44.
The total rate of 50m covers: 10m (domestic letter), 15m (registration), and 25m (special express delivery)?
Express letter from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, October 1946. 2x20m and 10m: JERUSALEM EXPRESS /B 31 OC / 46; on reverse arrival mark TEL AVIV / H / 31 OC / 46.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m (domestic letter) and 40m (special express delivery).
470902_exp (25K) 470130_regexp (25K)
Express letter from Jerusalem via Haifa to Hertseliya, September 1947, 10m "Pictorials" in vertical strip of five: JERUSALEM / 8 AM / 2 SP / 47. On reverse: TEL AVIV / J / 2 SP / 47, HAIFA / E / 2 SP / 47, and HERTSELIYA / 3 SP / 47.
The total rate of 50m covers: 10m (domestic letter), 15m (registration), and 40m (special express delivery).
Registered express letter from Jaffa to Haifa, January 1947, 50m and 15m "Pictorials": JAFFA REGISTERED / 30 JA / 47; on reverse k REGISTERED / HAIFA / 30 JA / 47.
The total rate of 65m consists of: 10m (domestic letter), and 40m (special express delivery).
470313_expV (30K) 470313_expR (29K)
Express letter from to Haifa to Tel Aviv, March 1948, 2x20m plus 10m "Pictorials": HAIFA EXPRESS / A / 13 MR / 47.
The letter was found open in the town collection and sealed at the post office with seal
P.48.B: GENERAL POST OFFICE / Found open or damaged / and officially secured.
Further postmarks: TEL AVIV / 16 MR / 48 (23mm dcds, not in Sacher), on reverse: TEL-AVIV / 1 PM / 14 MR / 48, TEL-AVIV / 15 MR / 48, and TEL-AVIV / 11 AM / 16 MR / 48.
The total rate of 50m consists of: 10m (domestic letter), and 40m (special express delivery).

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