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The Trust is pleased to announce the publication of the following book

expected to be available in May 2009 in a laminated cover:



IRAQ POSTAL HISTORY 1920s to 1940s


Airlines, Air Routes, Internal and External Postage Rates, Airmail Fees, charges for

various other postal services, censorship and postally relevant historical matters





The main purpose of this book is to make sense of the airmail fees charged on airmail sent from Iraq to all other countries of the world in the period 1933 to 1946. Extensive tables are set out on 178 pages of this 328 page book.

The problem that the authors identified was a total lack of information about many of the air fees and changes to them especially in the period of the Second World War. The availability of original postal information in the English version of the many successive issues of the Iraqi Government Gazette was the clue.

Iraq was a country like Italy which continued to charge air fees in addition to surface postage long after countries such as the United Kingdom converted to combined air and surface rates. It  became apparent at an early stage of writing the tables that all the other postal rates and fees, internal and external would have to be included in order that calculations of postage rates seen on covers could be accomplished.

It was also evident that to put these air fees and postal rates and fees into context a reader would need narratives which described the involvement of various airlines in providing air services to and from Iraq as air routes to the Far East, Africa, the Americas  and Australia and New Zealand were developed.  Inevitably references to the position in the 1920’s became essential and much detail of the 1920’s is in fact included both in the narrative and in the supporting tables.

The best way to indicate the comprehensive coverage of this book is to look through the Contents pages of the book which can be viewed on the Trust's website www.rossitertrust.com.



‘PRE PUBLICATION’ OFFER *** extended to 31 August 2009 ***


Publication is expected in May 2009   For fully prepaid orders received by 31st August 2009 the following special ‘pre- publication’ price is offered:          £33 plus postage and packing which is

UK 1st class: £6.80, Europe: £15.50, outside Europe airmail: £25.90, outside Europe surface: £17.20

(after 31st August the price will be £38 plus postage and packing)


Please send your orders to David Tett, PO Box 34, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8JY, UK

remittance in Sterling cheques should be made payable to the Stuart Rossiter Trust

 or remittance in dollar cheques drawn on a US bank to be made payable to David Tett

 or remittance in Euros drawn on a French bank to be made payable to David Tett

or by Paypal made payable to David Tett at his email address  : DavidTett@aol.com

No other foreign cheques can be accepted due to high bank charges.


Order form on next page or available as text file.