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Iraq to England
September 3, 1936

This registered airmail was sent by a bank from Basrah in southern Iraq.
There are two Basrah CDS.

Registration was accomplished by adding a preprinted registry label and the blue cross.
A boxed REGISTERED was also applied.

The carrier requested was Imperial Airways.
Imperial Airways had pioneered air service into the Middle East in 1929.

The destination was a bank in Holt, Norfolk, which is about 30 km
northwest of Norwich and about 5 km from the North Sea coast.

There was no scan of the reverse so we cannot see the expected transit/receiving marks.

The cover was franked with a pair of 4f  purple brown and a single 40f dark violet
from the King Ghazi issue of 1934-38 (Scott 64 and 72).

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