Postage stamps and postal history of Crete
Turkish stamps were used in Crete until 1899.
In 1898 Crete obtained autonomy under Turkish suzerainty, but was nevertheless garrisoned by an international military force from Britain, France, Italy and Russia. Britain and Russia issued stamps inscribed in Greek but France and Italy used their own stamps, overprinted with the name of the island.
The first stamps of Crete were issued on 1 March 1900.
On February 1881 as Crete was still part of Ottoman Empire, Greek post offices opened in the three big cities of the island, Chania, Rethymnon and Herakleion. These Greek post offices were consulate departments and they operated until the end of 1881, just for eight or nine months, using Greek stamps (Large Hermes Heads). Due to the very short period that these services operated in Crete, the postal items, stamps and especially letters, are very rare. Crete became part of Greece in 1913 and Greek stamps have been used on the island since then. Remaining Cretan stamps were overprinted and issued in Greece in 1923.
- Austrian post offices in Crete
- British post offices in Crete
- French post offices in Crete
- Hellenic Philotelic Society
- Russian post offices in Crete
- Postage stamps and postal history of Greece
- Crete - postal history & stamps. Greek Philatelic Society of the Netherlands, 1986.
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