Yemen - Ottoman Cancels
|My thanks to Howard Walker and to Spink
for their permission to add the images of the cancels
from Postal Cancellations of the Ottoman Empire, pp 99 to
|Modern postal service may have begun in Yemen in 1868
during the Ottoman occupation. The first Ottoman cancel
was used in 1868 in Sana'a, according to Coles and
Walker. The type of cancel used was a small
double ring with the name of the city in Arabic only
and without the date. This type of double ring cancel was
also used in Hodeidah from 1873, Mocha from 1895, and in
Taiz from 1871. A similar single ring cancel was used in
Zubeyt (earliest known use unknown).
|The small single,
double and triple box cancels with the name of the
town or city in Arabic only and without a date appear to
have been used in smaller towns and cities with one
important exception. The single box cancels were used in
Badjil from 1881, in Beit-ul-Fakiyé in 1901, and in
Hodeidah from 1901. The double box cancels were used in
Badjil from 1895, Hadjilé from unknown, Lahié from 1875
and Zeydiyé from 1901. The only triple box cancel
recorded was Katiyé from 1895.
|The four negative
type cancels were used in the larger postal centres,
Camaran from unknown, Hodeidah with two types, the larger
from 1890 and the smaller from 1897. The Sana'a cancel
was used from 1875.
|There are several types of the larger
ring cancels. The double-ring
cancels have the name of the Arabic and Western names
between the two rings and the date within the inner ring.
Examples of this design include Camaran from 1895,
Hodeidah with several variations of this design from 1890
and Sana'a from 1893. Hodeidah also has a double-ring
cancel from 1881 that was Western only and included
Turquie in the cancel.
|The other variations are single-ring
cancels with two half circles within which are the
Arabic and Western forms of the name of the town or city.
A rectangular box with the Arabic and Western dates
splits the ring. This design was used by post and
telegraphic offices in many towns and cities up to the
departure of the Ottoman Turks. This design and
variations of it seem to continue from 1930 onwards to
the modern period.
cancels for the period after 1930.
Cancels Alphabetically (Almost)
Ab (Ibb) - Camaran (Kamaran) | Hadjilé - Taiz | Hudeidah (Hodeidah) | Sana'a | Taiz - Zuhra | Index page