1921 Ain-Tab Local 2pi on 1pi Ottoman Used
Syria: 1921 (7 July) Ain Tab local issue with violet-blue handstamp O.M.F. Syrie 2 PIASTRES on 1pi Ottoman stamp fine used with part TRESEOR ET POSTES French military cancel. Violet-blue stamp exist with carmine opt on black recorded by Kaczmarczyk’s book page 114. This issue authorised by the District Governor of Ain-Tab for mail to Aleppo and locally and were in use until 27 August 1921. Though Ain-Tab (now Gaziantep) was in Cilicia, 20 miles north of the Syrian border, in an area where French troops were fighting the Turkish Nationalists, the stamps were overprinted ‘Syrie’. SG 68e, variation.