Postage stamps and postal history of Lebanon

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A French colonies key type stamp of Levant overprinted T.E.O. for use during the French military occupation of Syria and Lebanon between 1918 and 1922.
A used French Merson type stamp overprinted O.M.F. for use during the French military occupation of Syria and Lebanon.
A mint stamp of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force available at EEF post offices in Lebanon.
A "sower" stamp of France overprinted for use in Lebanon and Syria during the period of the French Mandate.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Lebanon, formerly known as Liban.

Lebanon is a country in Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south.

Early postal arrangements[edit]

The Turkish postal system had around 200 post offices in the region and foreign post offices were run by Austria, Great Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.[1]

Turkish stamps[edit]

Lebanon used the stamps of Turkey until 1917.[2]

French military occupation[edit]

Following the defeat of the Turks in September 1918, Lebanon came under French military occupation. Stamps of France overprinted for use in Syria were used between 1919 and 1923 overprinted T.E.O. (Territoires Ennemis Occupés) or O.M.F. (Occupation Militaire Francaise).[1]

Egyptian Expeditionary Force[edit]

Stamps of the British Egyptian Expeditionary Force were available in Lebanon between 21 October 1918 and September 1920.[3]

French mandate[edit]

France was granted a mandate over Lebanon by the League of Nations in 1920, effective 29 September 1923 and Lebanon used the stamps of France, overprinted Grand Liban in 1924. From 1925 Lebanon had its own stamps marked Grand Liban.[1]

Lebanese Republic[edit]

The Lebanese Republic was proclaimed on 23 May 1926. At first stamps were overprinted Republique Libanaise. Later stamps were prepared in the name of the new republic. and from the 1940s the word Liban started to be used. Today all stamps of Lebanon are marked simply Liban.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Taleb, Chafic. Lebanon Through its Stamps / Le Liban à travers ses timbres. 2001. ISBN 2-84289-377-8 (English, French, and Arabic languages)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: Part 19 Middle East. 6th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2005, pp. 215-232. ISBN 0-85259-576-X
  2. ^ Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, pp.220-221. ISBN 0-356-10862-7
  3. ^ Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: Part 19 Middle East. p.245.

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