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BAGHDAD (AFP) – Famous figures from Hitler to the first king of Iraq are among the people portrayed in a stamp exhibition at Baghdad Central Post Office but one executed Iraqi tyrant is conspicuous by his absence.

The government has banned pictures of Saddam Hussein from the first philately show in Iraq since the nation’s infamous dictator was ousted from power in 2003.

The thousands of stamps displayed by members of Iraq’s Philately Society bear witness to the country’s chaotic history over the last century, defined by foreign occupations between its great rivers the Tigris and Euphrates.

Every period is represented, from that of the Ottoman Empire to the present government. Some stamps from the Saddam era are included, but his image is unseen.

The bloodthirsty despot who ruled Iraq from 1979 until his brutal regime was toppled in the 2003 US-led invasion was hanged in December 2006 for crimes against humanity.

“The government rejected the stamps that had portraits of Saddam Hussein, saying that they represent the blackest hours of Iraqi history,” Wathiq Mohammed Talib, from the ministry of communications and who is director of the office of stamps, told AFP.

Mohammed Dhia Taha, 44, who has been collecting stamps for 25 years, said the government’s decision is absurd.

“It is a stupid decision from a government seeking revenge. One should not deny our history,” said Taha, looking at some of the pieces in his collection which he put into the exhibition.

These include a British “penny black” from 1840 — the oldest stamp in the world — as well as one of the German dictator Hitler.

The exhibition held recently in a first-floor room at the post office was organised by the ministry to commemorate the 87th year of Iraq joining the Universal Postal Union (UPU), an agency of the United Nations.

Renovated just four months ago, the post office still smells of fresh paint. Its post boxes appear to have never been opened.

Soldiers with Kalashnikovs stand on guard everywhere — on the roof, in the corridors and around a courtyard where a group of schoolboys gathers to listen to a speech by Communications Minister Faruq Abdul Qadir Abdul Rahman.

Among Iraqi exhibits, some Ottoman stamps from 1917 are overprinted with the disapproving legend “Baghdad under British occupation,” three years before a League of Nations mandate created the state of Iraq under British control.

Other stamps commemorate subsequent Iraqi leaders — King Faisal, who reigned from 1921 to 1933, his grandson Faisal the 2nd, ruler from 1939 to 1958, and General Abdul Karim Qassim, who drove him out to become Iraq’s first president.

After the first Gulf War in 1991, sanctions imposed on Saddam’s regime meant foreign companies could not print stamps for the Iraqi postal service. This led to lower-quality locally-produced stamps and also to overprinting of old stamps with an up-to-date value.

The government redesigned its stamps following Saddam’s overthrow, to purge the nation of his ubiquitous postal image.

Stamps no longer carry pictures of politicians, portraying instead uncontroversial people such as singer Nadhum al-Ghazali and playwright Haqqi al-Shibli.

The new stamps also support benign causes like the international campaign for the return of Iraqi arts plundered from the country in the wake of the invasion.

It is my pleasure to reveal that a new exciting partnership between this website and Magan Stamps website 

Magan Stamps is a trusted website for buying stamps that I have tried personally. I have also heard from a lot of happy customers and I think the prices on that website are very reasonable.

I get a lot of emails from users regarding where to buy Iraqi stamps from, well now I can advice all users to purchase their stamps from Magan Stamps.

You can visit the Iraq stamps page on Magan Stamps by visiting the link above in the navigation or click here. Remember to mention when you purchase items from the website.

Please remember when you leave our website to go to the Magan Stamps website you are entering a new website with a different owner. This means that if you have any problems or enquiries you would use the communication methods on Magan Stamps.

It’s been a while since I wrote an update, this is to let you guys know that the shop area of this website is now closed, you will not be able to purchase any item or view the page any more, this is because I only have a few items left and I need to improve the whole way you buy stuff.

I will probably auction the remaining items from the shop on ebay and I will post links to these items here on this website.

Thank you to everyone who has bought from me before, you have contributed to keep this site alive and updated.

Hopefully I will create more interesting content in the future, time is an issue at the moment for me.

Another unlisted stamp/label

This is always interesting, an old 1960s label/stamp to collect funding for the palestinian resistance, I have featured one of the stamps in this post, this is another one which I have not seen before, it is on eBay at the moment, I recommend this purchase.

I have noticed that the same Bogus Iraq FDCs I reported about here, are being sold again on eBay by the user 4wstamps which I featured in a previous post

Try to avoid these items.

Due to the artistamps I have running out, I have completely changed the shop items for sale. The stamps are now only sold in collections, I only have 3 items for sale at the moment

  1. 24 sets of artistamps (the most complete collection I have now)
  2. 22 sets of artistamps
  3. 15 sets of artistamps

have a look.


Well I don’t know whether to be happy or sad, I guess I am more happy at this news.

I see a new set of stamps issued by the Iraq Postal Authority called No To Terrorism, and they are very similar to the designs of the artistamps I made in a set called “NO”.

See for your selves


NEW Official Iraqi Issue artistamps issue

I have been monitoring this user’s items for some time now and I have found the same junk being sold by this user as the other users that I have mentioned on this website.

Please be aware that stamps which have colours changing or missing, or parts of stamps missing are at the most forgeries and at the least deliberately introduced actions or damaged stamps, they are not genuine errors as such.

Examples being sold today by this seller include

these are very easy changes to the stamps, there are a number of methods to achieve this including exposure to sun light for some time, or using diluted bleach or other techniques which are more sophisticated.

The user has the following line in his adverts, All the items I list is authentic and there is no forgeries, I always stand behind the items I sell, which is a dangerous thing to say.

I challenge this user to find any authority which will verify the authenticity of these errors. The sad situation is that he is selling them for a lot of money.

There are other items that he is selling that are very suspecious but I will not list them here because if someone is trying to sell these stamps then I will not trust any item from them any more.

Thanks to all the people that bought the FDCs from the shop over the months that passed.
All the FDCs have now been sold, and there will not be made again, so please do not ask for them as I genuinely do not have any more.

This will be the case with the artistamps themselves soon, so if you need to buy for yourself or a second spare set please do so quickly.

I need to update the shop area to reflect the changes, I do not have all the artistamps shown in the shop area, if you buy something I do not have then I will refund the money to you or offer you something different.

I do not have any plans for more artistamps, but if you have any new ideas for stamps subjects, use the contact form (see the link in the navigation, top of this page) to get in touch.

This is an article I stumbled on while doing a bit of research into stamps forgery, things like fading and change colours in stamps. It is from the Telegraph newspaper but its an old interesting story.

Here is the link.

Here is the translated story in Arabic


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