Commonwealth & World

The Centenary of the Baghdad Provisional Stamps

Spring Stampex 2017 featured a special display devoted to the stamps of the Ottoman Empire and the countries emerging from it after the end of World War I. The display had a special emphasis on Iraq to mark the centenary of country’s first stamps, which were issued in Baghdad in September 1917, following the occupation of the region by British and Indian troops in March of that year.


On display will be eight frames devoted to the Baghdad stamps and a further 50 frames devoted to the stamps of Iraq from 1918 until the end of the monarchy in 1958. A book written by the author of this article, titled Baghdad In British Occupation The Story of the 1917 Provisional Stamps will be published by The Royal Philatelic Society London and will be available at the show in February.

So what were the first Iraqi stamps, and who decided to issue them and why?

To find out the answer to this question & more, see the latest GSM.

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