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Philately cannot be complete without dealing in postmarks, hence a catalogue is required.

Stamp catalogues are issued on regular basis. However, last postmarks catalogue that was issued by the Post Authority, was in 1994 for regular and Slogan postmarks, for Event postmarks in 1998. Nowadays, as the Post is a company, there is very little chance to have updated versions, and if so, most of the work is done.

Updated information about events Postmarks can be easily found, best would be on the Israeli Philatelic Federation website, but this is not the case for regular postmarks, and they are actually the important ones, for the reason that they are intended for the regular working mode of the Post, and by them the path can be traced. First of all it is important to know the entering date for use and where, after that the date of ceasing to use or replacing it. Also interesting is the date and place of changing, if any.

The postmarks where divided into four groups on the website: Event postmarks, including 'Yesha' events and new stamps issuing, slogans postmarks, inside the Green Line settlements postmarks, postmarks in 'Yesha' settlements. (One more group is for postmarks that were only sent to subscribers of the IPS, filtered from both types of settlements as described above, for easy orientation of those who were subscribers, and for those who wish to complete their subscribers collection).

For further reading: collecting postmarks, basic presentation.

For viewing the four catalogues (plus subscribers), enter the 'stamp store' or 'museum', on the first page menu. Total amount of the various postmarks is over 10,000, and just for about 4% there are no images.

From now on the reference is made only for regular settlements postmarks, with slogan postmarks as part of them. For special events, such as Anniversaries for settlements, there were decorative postmarks, that were substituting the regular postmarks on the event dates, usually one day or several days. For instance, ec52005 60'th Anniversary of Hadera on April 28, 1952 or ec50002 the Ein Gev Music Celebrations April 3-7, 1950. Those postmarks are listed under Events postmarks. There are also two Mobile Post postmarks oc161-1 'Harei Yehuda' and oc181-1 'Emek HaYarden' with additional decoration, and listed in the catalogue as regular postmarks.

-         From the 'menu' chose /stamp store/Israel stamps/settlements postmarks.

-         To view an item, type the item number in the search window of the site, or type in the search window, the exact description on the postmark (when the website is in 'English' type the English postmark inscription in the search window, and when the website is in 'Hebrew' type Hebrew postmark inscription).


Printed Regular Postmarks Catalogue of IPS, and Consistence to it on the Website - based on catalogue by I. Nachtigel, B. Fixler, which I continued from 1993 to date. The amount of postmarks has doubled by now. The settlements on the website have been divided to two groups, those inside the Green Line, and those beyond. It was important for me that the user will find it easy to cross between the catalogue and the website, consequently, I used the same pattern of numbering (for instance first postmark for Jerusalem in the catalogue is numbered 289/1, listed on the website as oc289-1; the first postmark for Beit Lehem 79/1 listed on the website as mc79-1). Names of the settlements are spelled same as on the postmarks, the English inscription listed on the English version, and in order to view the Hebrew inscription, you should switch the language to Hebrew version.

There are many postmarks that are a reproduction and for those Red Arrows were added, to show the prominent difference, but it doesn't mean that there are no other differences.

The index on the website is also arranged according to the catalogue, in ascending sequence according to Hebrew language, I remained true to it even if there were mistakes in the printed catalogue, such as non-distinguishing between the Town of Yokneam to Moshav Yokneam, which was supposed to be listed under two different numbers, where left as one number, and mentioned as 'Moshav' where appropriate.


Types of Postmarks - There are handstamp postmarks and machine postmarks, two types for each of them. The first for cancelling stamps, the other for pre-paid, marked 'PAID' (without using stamps).

On this website the postmarks do not always show in same scale. For instance first postmarks are showing in larger scale, due to difficulty in reading, as opposed to later postmarks of same kind. Also, machine postmarks that are usually smaller appear larger on the website. In order to view the true size of the postmarks use 'For illustration click here' at the top of the table.

The use of first 'type A' handstamp postmarks started with the issuing of 'Doar Ivri' stamps, on May 16 1948, in Tel Aviv and Haifa. In besieged Jerusalem (at the time) the use of same started only on July 4 1948, whereas in all other settlements, on July 1st 1948, which until that day were using British Mandate handstamp postmarks they had. On the first day May 16 1948 could be used in all three postmarks and stamps, the first day of the 'Doar Ivri' and as the last day for British mandate and 'Minhelet Ha'am'. A total of 134 settlements were using these handstamp postmarks, until all of them went out of use on August 31, 1951, and were replaced by 'type C'. In the 3 major cities the switch took place earlier, on April 23, 1951. Many of the settlements had two postmarks with minor differences between them. On all the cancelation postmarks of 'type A' the Latin script is on the right side and the Arabic on the left, except for an exceptional one of Karkur appearing in inverse position.

Triangular postmarks 'type B' with no date were in use between 1948 to 1955 in the 14 largest settlements, only for cancelling Rosh Ha'shana Greeting Cards. For this purpose also handstamps and machine postmarks were in use, where all details from the center were removed. Example for machine see oc564-68 and for handstamp oc564-202. In those years everyone used to send Holiday Greetings by Post, thus due to the overload during Holidays Season, without dates on the postmarks, it delivery looks at reasonable time.

As mentioned earlier, on April 23 1951, postmarks were replaced in the three major cities to 'type C1, and this is the only case where entry date and exit date were identical (after that there's always at least a day difference). Until August 31 1951, all other postmarks were switched. These C1 to C4 handstamps postmarks were in use till 1995, when the current oval shaped came into use. C1 is the standard, C2 is larger one for special postmarks such as public institutions, museums, border crossing points, ports, nature reserves and others. C3 is in use for mobile post offices (rural delivery) and ships, C4 mainly in use beyond the 'green line' with inscription 'Zahal'. Until 1990s on the C1 to C4 postmarks, there's place to mark the shift hours, for example 08-19.

Between 1988 to 1995 experimental handstamps postmarks were introduced, with a rotating calendar, type C5 to C8, gradually at the end of the process, all were replaced by 1995, as mentioned earlier, to the current oval shape 'type C8'.  The slow process of introducing the final postmark type is understandable.  4 different experimental types were necessary, as there is no other state where 2 different type of dates are officially in use, and since no overseas manufacturer had an immediate answer for this issue, hence the need for experimental types in a large number of settlements and post offices. Finally, the German type C8 was approved, which is a 2nd version of the C8a (types C9 for mobile post office and E3 for 'paid' are by-products of C8).

The exchange of round to oval shape with rotate calendar making the preparation more comfort without having  manually edit all the data, but to me looks less on the envelope, the caption thicker and with stamping operation itself causes smearing.

Parallel to the process of replacing the handstamp usually use black ink, also were replaced the round type 'paid' E1 , E2 to E3 the oval shape that usually use red ink as seen on the illustration.

The machine postmarks in main posts and sorting centers in Tel Aviv started on June 15 1949 with type D1 later in 1954 showed another type D2 that gets more popular, later in 1968 was added type D3 intended where needed more writing space as were larger.

In addition to regular postmarks had been paid type F, the first in 1951 and type G used francotyp machine since 1956.

Those machines postmark stamping up-right of the cover, the postmark on left and on right side is a 'tail ' with wavy lines (except type G). Current type D4 normal and F1 'paid' used different sorting centers differ by the waves are in the center between the two postmarks as seen in illustration.

Regard type G, the resulting from stamping machine francotyp without using stamps, the postmark has two parts on the right side a square with details and price and on the left side circle with details and date. In addition can be add a third part on the most left side which the machines in posts were used instead of registered mail label, many public and private users using these machines in their location, receiving other identification numbers and the left part is using for their logo. Charging the machine with money paid in advance prevent the possibility of misuse postage purchased to other purposes.

There are a few handstamp postmarks and machine postmarks that were less in use and shorter times, are specified as types X.


Slogan postmarks - From the first years of the state until the 1980s various government offices were using this channel of advertising on post postmarks their slogan messages, these postmarks are the same machine postmarks mostly type D who were in all the cities in the main posts that instead of  'waves tail' the slogan was inserted usually periods of two weeks or a month at the height in the 1970s depending on population growth rate appeared simultaneously in 43 cities, today the registration of Internet address in the sorting centers also can be such as slogan.

Type machine postmark type G found in the Israel philatelic services (D)235 have stamp collecting advertising and stamp exhibition advertising Telaphila 93, also postmarks 'paid' type F in many cases served as slogan that 'the tail waves' replaced, no records and when this types were slogan, what is revealed in reality  the online catalogue supplement for slogan postmark each by the appropriate postmark.

Sometimes discover that there is more than one type of postmark type D for the same slogan and in these cases also the images are displayed with the correct settlement.

Starting with 1953 the first day for use indicated by adding the star of David symbol, there are many cases where same slogan appear more times and the star of David appears on the first return day, except a single case sc114b where all the 20 settlements appear without the star of David, in spite the second time was just a difference of nearby just two months from completion of the emergence for the first time.

In reality the slogan postmarks types D have two kinds, those are made in one piece (postmark and slogan) a brand new production and those made of two parts so the slogan is attached to part of the existing postmark instead of the "waves". From collections found among the collectors can see that by the end of the 1950s were kind of one part, and even was redrawn cannot see the difference between them. Later from the 1960s moved to more economical production of two parts and only the subscribers postmarks were making in one part and to verify this claim would be to check the manufacturer's 'ruble' documents.

Postmarks used in the Post of two parts allow exchange it from normal to slogan and vice versa anytime (The postmark part D remains the same). Subscribers postmarks from the IPS which use the postmark as one unit cause the slogan remains the same to those using the post and the postmark part D was redrawn generally differed in some significant differences example can be seen in sc103 postmark where the Jerusalem names are smaller in three languages as opposed to the names appearing in the same postmark that used regular mail oc289-72, or sc125 postmark where the Roman numeral V is between two parallel lines versus oc564-303 that appears without the lines. Usually the difference can be distinguish especially by Roman numerals if exist. I found four cases in which the left side of the postmark was installed upside-down by mistaken, then the round part went upside down at least the first day and these are: Ramla in set sc92j, Ashkelon in set sc151c, Haifa in set sc184 and Raanana in set sc210. The postmark Beer Sheva oc57-46 is the only one I found used as slogan in her issued day sc216 for two weeks the remaining period. These two facts that can be place upside-down and in her first day to use as slogan prove that was made also of two parts (sometimes can be detected also by ink trace between the two images parts).

In cases where the slogan postmark appears in more than one city the subscribers received only one representative postmark typically one of the three major cities, postmarks with reappearing at later dates haven't been sent to subscribers.

Can be understand that there was a high demand for this advertizing sometimes in the same time period there were two different slogan, such as throughout March 1965 in three major cities showed the slogan 'export key for develop economy' while six smaller cities showed the slogan 'preserve wild flowers'.

Collecting postmarks in General and particular of the slogan that normally collectors want them from the first day and the last day wasn't easy, to pick up 43 different places from that day could end with some missing. Make sense that at least a few dozen (except for two who are responsible for the Nachtigal and Fixler catalog which the collection of Nachtigal I completely made photos and of Fixler I'm contacts with his family) in order to fill in the blanks here on the site. In case there is nothing (not first day not last nor random) may not be carried out. There is case sc92l the machine in Nahariya was broken and only after nine days late the slogan appear, sometimes the cancelling made in first one day difference and this mistake is considered acceptable example shows the city of Elat in set sc92k, there are cases where the in first day forgot to put the star of David, for example 'buy blue & white' of Raanana in set sc182 then obviously won't be an example with the 'star of David' by another collector.


Regular postmarks used events - There are four of these: Haifa tourist ships, Mount Zion, Meron, Zionist executive committee were used numerous times during the event took place. On the occasion of visits 'Queen Elizabeth II' calling at Ashdod issued Ashdod tourist ships postmark, for tourist ships Haifa also have #2 #3 because sometimes in the same period there were more than one ship visit, as you can see that on April 22 1962 were three ships in the port of Haifa as shown in the pictures 67,68,69. You can also see that those who produced an bluff envelope like the Italian 'Leonardo da Vinci' on February 26 1962 photo 61, photo 60 shows the same day that another ship docked and both of them the same postmark number 3, which couldn't be simultaneously existing on different ships, two images from the same source of envelope producer docking 'Mauretania' and 'Leonardo da Vinci' for the first postmark had Public Notice where the other hadn't.

Dates of the four events are listed on the website under these postmarks marking the occasion.


Day entry sign - Between the years 1952-1990 was the first day to start the 'running deer' sign stamped in the handstamps and 'star of David' in machine stamping postmarks except type G. Many postmarks exist from experimental cancelling usually from previous to entrance date with or without the signs .

Also on the first day when started to use the machine stamping postmark as slogan the sign appeared again.


Errors - Every day before starting work should make the Gregorian and Hebrew dates and sometimes additional information, to do so usually there are three rows on old postmarks, beside Gregorian date doesn't match the Hebrew also had mistakes as an exchange between the lines or not removing the sign that was for the first day (running deer or star of David). Mistakes in branches are forgivable but not those prepared and delivered in advance on the first day to the branches in the country or those provided by the Israel philatelic services for subscribers. In 1995, 1996 subscribers received 64 envelopes with an incorrect date in the month or year in Hebrew, for which a red asterisk specified online catalog. Interesting that those who sent directly to branches mostly received them with correct date.

Until 1995 only one mistake was made in 1967 to the West Bank settlement Yata mc276-1 which instead the 8th Hebrew letter was inserted the 5th that looking very similar and it's totally forgivable.

A famous mistake happened in 1950 when a type A postmark was in use in which the date for each day was provided as a unit, and in the foundry for the date 27.4.1950 by mistake came out 27.4.1590, collectors made sure to keep cancellations from many branches and even made a cachet cover to mark this event.

In Kiryat Motzkin in 1977 mistake happened when given her 1ד601 plate francotyp machine that was already in use by Carmiel and only after over a year the error was discovered and it was changed to 1ד602.


What was added to the online catalog - The printed catalog contains the following information: numbering, settlement name in Hebrew and Latin, identification #, postmark type, public notice # of FD and LD and the dates themself.

Besides the fact that the site is updated regularly, it added the following information:

1. Name of the specific postmark location (sometimes concatenates of locations).

2. Postmark image from first day (if I got).

3. Any public notice or other document relating to the specific postmark in images (if I got).

4. Hebrew date.

5. Catalog value.

6. Registration label (labels) related to the specific postmark (if I got).

There is also a distinguishing color marking groups of postmarks as Paid, New Year greetings, sent to subscribers.

Most of the small settlements have no post offices and getting the postal service by mobile post, all those are here under the letter D in Hebrew. When the postmark is showing in the window that opens, all the names of settlements appear in the order of mobile departure to return to home base.


The difficulty in documenting - From all the information you can see the history of all post office location, branch or agency, and to perform more in-depth investigations that the information is displayed with source references by public notice and 'hozrim' (generally they are messages) arranged chronologically, sometimes it is clear to me that is a mistake in the messages, but I attach and everyone will judge by himself, sometimes not all is guaranteed in the following examples:

Writing messages to the public until the 1990s had almost no mistakes and later a lot of mistakes and confusion as two dates to postmark entrance or exit (in both these cases the date is determined first by what collectors received and then entrance by the earlier and exit by the later one), mistakes in identification numbers, in Hebrew months and much more, which requires investigate and determine by what exists in reality, and therefore so important pictures and references presented together. See table at the end, records are the missing public notice.

Until 1995 usually any postmark ID number was identified to a specific location and easy to follow after the history of the location or the postmark, exceptional are the Jerusalem postmarks which still in 1984 same time when the Latin script of Jerusalem changed a new numbering order was taken too. Same way from 1995 began to replace all the round postmarks to oval shape with rotate calendar (C8 for regular post and C9 for mobile post) and made new order of numbers, so that many change from location to location and lost the trace with what was before. Same time many postmarks replaced and wasn't returned or not mentioned in messages, maybe gone then you can't know the last day these cases shows a question mark as last day and attached a message that cannot be in circulating. There are also many last dates taken from collectors who have these postmarks and don't appear in messages. Another example is Bnei Brak 23 postmark in its latest oval shape didn't appear in any message, reporting in list that belongs to the agency Yehuda hanasi, I went there and they reminded that it exist but not in use. Later I completed the first day date from Nachtigal collection.

In this process the first time given numbers of oval postmark while still same numbers were associated with other branches, i.e. the principle that no two branches with the same number was broken and the belonging made by the type of oval or round postmark.

Another example of not logic can be seen in notice 5/98 where the postmark 'paid' replaces a regular postmark. Until 1995 is easy to follow who's substitute of whom because hasn't been changed numbers and the exit date leads to entrance date.

Breaking the belonging number to location emphasis in particular in the old city of Jerusalem ID number 71 to 79 who represents the unification of Jerusalem on which appears the Tower of David, Jerusalem 79 postmark was used by the Israel philatelic services for over 30 years as the stamps issued day and during the transition to the oval postmarks went out of use when the number 79 was given randomly to branch in Ramat Eshkol and the branch 'Tower of David' on Jaffa Gate got the number 50.

Formerly of special places like parliament, universities, museums, sea ports, tourist sites - those postmarks were decorated with something related, today everyone have same uniform appearance identical to those of branches and it's a pity on that.

Before entering these current postmarks were twice experimental rotate calendar first time large round postmark in1988 (type C5) without public notice and therefore a little information on them , the second time in 1990 were three other types (C6, C7, C8a) released to the public this time and the winner was the oval shape of C8a. Took more five years to insert type C8 which is slightly larger than that of C8a, but most likely stronger of the fact that replaced type C8a later on too. Type C7 was second experimental of round type C5 and C6 was something innovative in form.

Another example of uncertainty is on the first day with the first stamps July 1948 that only the theoretical date known (date provided but not yet actually date sent) and appears in brackets on the earliest known, is very important to get their material collectors of images with earlier dates.

May there be more postmarks not brought to the attention of the audience and collectors don't notice there like for example of 68 postmarks for substituted imprinting machines (type catalog D2) nationwide at the end of 1992 without appearing in the messages, in this case a collector notices but because of the delay that exposing the post couldn't invent dates retroactively and finally somehow determined by Nachtigel Catalogue.

The postmark bears the name Neve sha'anan in public notice 24/50 not exist, was used Haifa postmark.

To complete the catalog I need the missing details about postmarks which are in all sorting centers in recent years also hand postmarks and machine (regular and paid), not reported in the public notice and I think they're the only ones missing here. I would ask here someone to make the post office visits where appropriate. Maybe no more postmarks nor will be (only having on natural sorting centres).


The interest today - Until the 1990s there were many postmarks collectors, in addition to the postmarks partly received as subscribers also took advantage of the fact that it was possible to send various branches and get all the postmarks as they appeared in the public notice of the first day and date of the last day if the postmark was replaced, for this reason there were collectors who subscribed to those public notice. Public notice appearing same manner till now days even though many years have no demands, to prove it in the message 20/14 April 2014 arrived the post office of postmark insertion Shefayim and interested how many people sent for stamping, there was only one I sent and if not visited there not sure was stamped. I saying this in spite later acquired more and not all postmarks were stamped and sent back. It is noteworthy that a mail Kadima and um El-Fahm did send compared to Petah Tikva and Tel Aviv, not sent back. About Tel Aviv this is a joke, Public notice 05/15 dated January 11 2015 announced on January 11 will enter three new postmarks, until it appears in the post branch it takes at least two days and I sent on the 13th January for three postmarks six envelopes four stamped and two for 'paid' picking stamps instead of cash, in the hope that they will do. After two weeks and after a telephone reminder arrived, all the six were ordinary stamped not related to the new postmarks. The operations department who orders that need to meet behind her even there is only one collector.

In the second half of 1996 in the midst of replacing postmarks all over the country from round to oval were sent to subscribers 80 envelopes which decrease collectors demand, the fact that they later replaced postmarks weren't offered anymore (besides some in 2000 and 2009), many collectors called off this option.

A funny example of how postal clerk in Rehovot year 2000 decided to stamped instead of the three postmarks on the same date as the public notice saying he copied the number of the postmark as date thus created three different dates, not to mention quality, almost without ink and postmark number doesn't look or hidden by the stamp, until the 1990s they were pedantic. Maybe Rehovot affiliated with Science thinking big and inventing see items oc518-83,84,85.

Important cities like Ramat Gan and Beer Sheva replaced the oval shape postmark only in 1997 and therefore lack a lot of pictures, I appeal to those who do continue to send to various branches according to the public notice and to all those who have a missing picture, so everyone can see them and retain something from history. That means that the work also goes to the IPF site and the Post Museum.


Spelling the names of settlements -The postmark inscription is done in three languages, regard Arabic, there are many cases where the inscription was corrected after the first postmark. About the inscription in English, instead of using all letters use signs for example in place TZ using Z expressing the letter 'Tzadik' in Hebrew.

Referring to the names in Hebrew I don't pay myself to register them as an index leads see below examples, in English you can overlook when played from period to period in spelling producing interesting combinations, for example the first postmark to Kefar yedidya was written most correct KEFAR YEDIDYA Then KFAR YDIDYA then YEDIDYA and today's latest KEFAR YEDIDA showing the seriousness, Menashe Mobile P.O. for long time was spelled MENASHSHE.

About Hebrew names, post using spelling without vowels and without punctuation markers doesn't look good as displayed in the following examples: GIVATIM (givatayim) sound settlement of the Givati Brigade, KEFAR HAHERESH (Kefar Hachoresh) sounds like a living village where the population with hearing difficulties, CHEFIM (Shfayim) sounds of cooking community, GIVAT HASHLASHA (Givat hashlosha) sounds like a possible settlement to triple her things. There are other examples like AFAKIM (Ofakim), BEIT ARAN (Beit Oren), BEIT HASHATA (Beit hashita), HA'AGAN (Haogen), TIBA (Taiyiba),  IM EL-PAHAM (Umm El-Fahm), KEFAR YEDIDA (Kefar Yedidya), and the most bizarre MATZMATZ (Mutzmutz).

There is only one postmark of Maaleh Adumim mc368-1 from 1983 that use diacritics (kubutz under the letter d) and postmark of today read Maaleh Adamim. The names should be spelled as showing signs of Keren Hayesod in front to the settlement.

Interesting that Jerusalem in Latin long record as YERUSHALAYIM So why leave Tiberias as TIBERIAS or write Capernaum as CAPERNAUM and Masada as MASSADA.

In 1996 when moved to oval shape Jerusalem returns back to the old inscription JERUSALEM. Tel Aviv also knew that change when the transformation began after the Union with Jaffa in 1951 as TEL AVIV-YAFO and in 1954 moved to TEL AVIV - JAFFA and changed back in 1958.


Usage postmarks by Israel Philatelic Services - Using postmarks of settlements to the needs of the IPS is obviously and usually using rubber postmarks causing stamping outbound details. They are cases where the IPS use of various settlements postmarks that have already been out of use.

Additional postmarks used only the Israel Philatelic Services only on the day of issued the stamp or the postmark are:

The first air mail stamps 25.6.50 catalogue Sede Teufa Lod postmark oc405-3

Coral Sea stamps 4.3.86, birds from the legend 24.2.87 catalogue Elat postmark oc16-20

Holiday Prophet Sabalan stamp 22.7.86 catalog Hurfeish postmark oc238-2

Nazareth stamp 18.12.86 catalog Nazareth postmark oc409-18

Electricity Company stamp 11.6.91 catalog Ashkelon postmark oc48-41

Stamp Exhibition Haifa stamp & sheet 27.8.91 catalogue Haifa postmark oc241-230

Sakhnin postmark 1.7.57 catalogue oc421-2a

Ha'ela Mobile Post postmark 7.5.58 catalogue oc150-3

Evtah Mobile Post postmark 23.6.64 catalog oc141-3a

Horshat Tal postmark 18.9.66 catalog oc239-1a

Bet Sahur postmark 23.8.67 catalogue mc81-1a

Yaqum postmark 17.6.69 catalogue oc285-1

Zefon Sinai Mobile Post postmark 14.5.74 catalogue mc187-1a

Ma'ale Adumim postmark 23.1.83 catalogue mc368-1a


Registered Labels - I found it necessary to include also the Registered Labels, for the reason that by them can be finding the belonging and to identify. Every postmark belongs to a specific post office and most offices had registered label number. From 1996 gradually Barcode label were substitute those labels (could be find offices used the old labels to 1999, due to lack of information used the N/A mark - and only what found inserted instead).

By those label could be identify unclear postmark or to know from which office was sent, also they are label collectors and here is the place to find theirs belonging.

These labels carry the letter R (Register), the settlement name at the beginning only in English from the British mandate following bilingual and for Arabic's settlements Arabic in addition using wider labels, mostly with ID number (tracing serial # always include but here has no meaning).

The site is displaying theirs images, and also appear under five markers in postmark type column (in two cases + = if there is also an ID number it registered following the mark).

Use Registered Labels to view the labels that actually is interactive catalogue for them which not exist anywhere else place and carry over 3700 values.

-- no ID number, always belong to the settlement's Main Post, in case branches were added every new branch received new label with ID number and listed here instead the -- mark. (pay attention for the difference in example 1 7 mean also 1 and 7 compared with 17 seventeen).

+ Settlement name was printed using handstamp on blank labels with ink.

= Settlement name was written by hand on blank labels, in these two first cases were in use at theirs beginning way.

- Not Applicable from 1996 or: Machine postmark (except of gov. offices and large institutes that used bulk post), greeting New Year postmarks, special post offices that had no register mail like on Israeli tourists ships, other registreted not on labels (printed or G type).

* oc46-18 Ashdod, oc48-6 Migdal Gad, oc48-7 Migdal Gad, oc57-59 Omer 1, oc83-9 Haela Mobile Post, oc91-2 Ben Shemen, oc141-3 Ashkelon 3, oc150-4 Bet Shemesh, oc170-3 Hefer, oc177A2 Karmiel 2, oc216-1 Jerusalem, oc216-2 Tel Aviv 14, oc241-8 Ahuzat Samuel, oc241-9 Bat Galim, oc241-95 Haifa, oc241-98 Haifa 7, oc241-116 Haifa 16, oc241-167 Haifa 16, oc241-168 Haifa 16, oc268-2 Yanouh-Jat, oc289-77 Jerusalem 61, oc289-80 Jerusalem 20, oc289-113 Ein Karem, oc289-125 Jerusalem 61, oc289-126 Jerusalem 61, oc289-156 Jerusalem 61, oc289-229 Ein Karem, oc289-257 Jerusalem 61, oc289-258 Jerusalem 61, oc289-259 Jerusalem 61, oc289-351 Jerusalem 109, oc326A-1 Rosh Pinna, oc340-3 Jerusalem 115, oc370-5 Ma'alot, oc370-7 Meona, oc372-2 Kefar Behadraga, oc373-1 Massada, oc373-2 Yam Hamelach Mobile Post, oc381-2 Yavne, oc387-5 Meshek Yagur, oc402-5 Rishon Leziyyon 13, oc405-3 Jerusalem&Tel Aviv&Haifa&Zefat, oc410-1 Nazareth 4, oc420-1 Sedom, oc420-2 Sedom, mc435-18 Beit Hamemshal Aza, oc496-19 Kirion Kiriat Bialik, oc499-12 Tiv'on, mc508-1 Shomron Mobile Post, oc526-29 Ramat Gan 27, oc564-1 Tel Aviv 15, oc564-167 Hakirya, oc564-168 Hakirya, oc564-169 Hakirya, oc564-170 Hakirya.

As mention before type G postmark sometime used its left third part as register label (usually used different ID numbers so I didn't include them here as aren’t stickers) but mostly were using the regular labels.

Only what I've seen was inserting on the site, will be happy when some official list will discover. Important to clarified that all what listed here exist mostly from 'Nactigel' collection, mark * is for cases where the label inscription differ from that on the postmark and list here what appears on the label (except first years after unification of Tel-Aviv with Yafo that continue also to use the labels with separate names). Reprinted labels with minority differences or colors changed not included.

Some covers were found with registered label not belong to the settlement's postmark, e.g. label of Holon on cover carried Jerusalem postmark, of course those cases aren't including here but it teaches there also may be incorrect combinations, thus it is important to find a belonging list that should be somewhere in the Post Authority. 

In the 1990s is important to verified the label belonging from post matter delivery and not from the first day collectors have, the reason these years were sent from main post not from the branches if they where. Again only you the collectors can help here, please contact and send photos.

For events which had special postmarks usually were using regular registered label of the place it happened, If such wasn't or wanted to emphasize the event, were using a dedicated label (Those labels showed at the catalogue end within green frame sorted by date) e.g.: 20 Years of Tirat Tzvi in 1957 Tirat Tzvi had no P.O. those years, or for exhibitions as Stamp Exhibition Netanya 1986 (only Tabim 1954 exhibition didn't have special label), or for repeated events as for Cruise ships visiting, Lag Baomer festivals on Meron mount etc.


Example of using the Site for mail item tracking

From the front side we see on 14.7.57 the item was sent from Tel Aviv-Yafo, paid with 250 Pruta stamp and 60 Pruta cash as seen by the red postmark.  Type the postmark inscription 'TEL AVIV-YAFO 54' within the search window and we will get two answers, the first is correct (2nd was inserted to use only in 1966), after selecting we see was sending for Main Post which that time was located at Jerusalem Av. in Jaffa carry number 9 on its registered label. Also if we will type the second Postmark inscription 'TEL AVIV-JAFFA 1(D)1' we will be lead to same result.

The Recipient address is a fictive address in France, which that way per UPU regulation should be send back. On the back side we see again the sending Tel Aviv postmark and the arriving to Paris on 17.7.57 as per postmark POSTE RESTANTE. After seeing the fictive address was handy cancelled and stamped RETOUR A LRNVOYEUA on back was added.

Arrived back in Tel Aviv on 7.8.57 as per postmark 'Tel Aviv-Yafo 69' in which we will search by the site first result (the others two from later entering dates) point on two locations, first in Tyomkin st. and the other in Yehuda Levi. After opening the picture we will read the documentation and see in Yehuda Levi it was opening only in 1979 thus was received at Post Office of Tyomkin which held the P.O.Box Tel-Aviv 1050 at that time.

The purpose of the sender has been achieved in its entirety by getting Cachet Flight Envelope which was sent on 14th of July 1957 Bastille day, with greetings from Israel to people of France, returning on the back with French stamped of the JOUR LA BASTILLE which is its Independence day. 


The site and me - Stores have long since stopped dealing in this field, due to the large quantities and since it is no longer financial. Therefore, I have come up with the idea of concentrating the issue of postmarks in one place, and there's none better than internet with easy access to everyone.

For years I've been 'recycling' this postmarks issue. I purchase them for one penny, and selling them for two. To collect them as a subscriber is not very wise, as theirs is nothing you can do with them, and they will be eventually thrown out. On the other hand, every stamp collector, or any other person or organization might wish to have some memorabilia connected to his home town, and this is exactly the place for it. This would also be my reward for this valuable service. Same goes also when placing a frame at an exhibition, it would be nice to add the relevant postmarks, like for instance for the town of Tiberias.

To choose a topic or settlement on the site, use 'topics index'. 

As time went by, the computerized catalog expended. Nowadays it's completed and comprises over 6000 postmarks of various settlement. I regard this project as completing a huge jigsaw puzzle, based on certificates, which suited me perfectly due to my personality. This is the place to let you know a bit about myself.

One outstanding characteristic of mine is "renewing stuff that others throw away", contrary to most people who are doing something old out of new stuff'.

I have inherited this characteristic from my father.  For instance, when I was a child, we lived in a village. During summer time, my father was cultivating flowers as a means of living, and during winter time his occupation was carpentry. Many of the tools, such as the wooden lathe operated by pedals (as there was no electricity), he built with his own hands. The materials, such as light metals, he used to pick up at the city dumpster, he used coal to melt and cast into patterns which he made by himself for parts he designed.

As a child in the kibbutz, I spent my free time by dismantling electrical junk and building out of them units, such as portable radios, up to transmitters, test equipment, quality sound systems, and more. I became so skilled, that they chose me to represent my professional school in Afula, and I wan National first prize.

Later in life, during dozens of years at work, I designed and built high quality testing equipment in the aviation field, at low cost, using quite a lot of components that were thrown away.

There was no project that I started without bringing to an end, accompanied by proper complete documentation. Same goes for this project of postmarks which I took upon myself, that involved lots of 'digging' on the subject that many have abandoned already, and bringing it back to the public awareness, in an organized and comprehensive manner (nowadays already as my pension hobby).

I started working on this webpage already in 1995, while many still did not grab the huge potential of the internet. At the time it was mostly 'scripts' with some pictures. It developed into the leading stamps website in Israel, information-wise, mostly on Israeli stamps, and as an international stamps atlas, accompanied by origin states flags, including no longer existing states, and in some cases you can even listen to the hymns. On July 2002 the site took up its current format, however the tools that were in use before, no longer fitted the up-to-date internet reforms. Therefore, it is more suited for explorer browser.  

Please enter the 'what we offer' menu, and find out about the options this website is offering, such as identifying world stamps, organizing the following up your private stamp collection and more. You will find a standard search engine for looking up a 'value', but best would be to enter the 'topic index' (on the home page, down left side) and find there what you are looking for. But first, look up the index, in order to familiarize yourself how it is arranged, for example names of all settlements are under the 'settlements' index.

Besides my dealing with stamps, I like carpentry and handicraft, and spend a great part of my time by hiking trips, with an emphasis and combination of landscape, nature and extreme activity.


Public Notifications - Strangely, there is no copy in the Library of the Postal Museum, which should be the natural place as a source of material to explore the postal history, I'm willing to do all that is needed to make it happen, if only the post would help me to find them (of course they should be bind).

I also tried to locate them in the National Archive and the National Library in Jerusalem and there is only a small part that already exists in the IPF.

It is known that there are collectors who had subscription on these notifications, or receive them from post agencies. Here I'm asking the readers to fill in the blanks (you can scan and send by email), I will add them in IPF library, not much to complete see below the list of deficiencies.

Missing photos of some postmarks (preferably from first day): collectors are invited to scan and transfer me to complete the site.

In catalog 'subscribers by date' which I added, as some collectors were asking, I'd like to add the references called 'Mofa' pages, the last at end of 2015 is 350. These 'Mofa' pages are included in IPS delivery postmarks. Collectors who have the numbers: 1 to 124, 126, 127, 132, 184, 186, 187, 208, 209, 224, 225, 241, 247, 248, 250 are requested to scan and sending me. Perhaps the Israel post keeps a copy somewhere and will help me.


Nachtigal Collection - There is an extensive collection of the collector Nachtigal, donated by his family to the post authority and stored at the Postal Museum, recently they allowed me to photo it and I thank the post authority and the Museum staff. The Museum received on media images with index as it is organized nowadays, now they know what exists there, not expensive items but very extensive, part of postmarks already stained and it's getting worse so the photo came in time. The work I did as a volunteer of the IPF , that currently has the interest in completing their site. An example to show the result of those photos in slogan postmark from 1967 which was used by 33 cities. This obviously honors the collector's family who can enjoy while still alive, the fruit of their contribution for the benefit of the public.

Beside this catalogue my site includes all other postmarks by categories event postmarks and slogan postmarks and those were also needed for viewing and studying.

The regular postmarks online catalog was completed thanks to the Nachtigal collection, with over 6000 postmarks of which 94% postmarks are accompanied by images, while only 5% of them are not from the date of entry into use.

When the work will be completed on slogan postmarks, it will also be used by the IPF site and the Museum if they want it free of charge.

What the authorities don't do we will do for future generations, because it is part of reserving our heritage, and my value in fostering a niche that no one else is going into, to be a source of information and do something for the community.

During the work I got in contact with several institutions, like the IPF that needless to say it is home to all philatelists with goodwill and there is no one better than them. Post Authority enabled me to photocopy Nachtigal collection which was donated by his family.

This collection that was completely photograph, provided the most catalogue pictures and also solved almost all the question marks relating to shortage in public notifications. In addition it completed non-notification information or understanding of the errors found therein. Since usage of postmarks is dropping down except in the sorting centers, we can see that it was the right time to put together all that huge puzzle for future times, when the postal history probably will prevail in this collectible.

Collectors who have material that might complete the public notifications or images of postmarks that are missing as per bellow table, e.g. 5 postmarks from 1967 of Al Bira 2, Bet lehem 3, Bet Sahur 2, Tubas 2, Qalqilya 2, or any other related material, please get in touch. I might also have recently missed regular postmarks, every mistake or comment will be welcome.


Thanks: To the late Mr. Nachtigal who studied and edited the catalog 1948-1990 of regular postmarks.

To his family who donated the collection to the Postal Museum.

To the IPF who supported me all the way and for using the library with Public Notification.

To Ginadi Berman in obtaining important material.

To prof. Ehud Jungwirt in helping emphasis on Registration Labels.

To Amnon Mualem and numerous private collectors who collect for me over the years, public notification and provided pictures.

To Israel Philatelic services that have given permission to photograph the collection and the Postal Museum crew who help.


To summarize, Naturally using handstamps postmarks is decreasing and without this work most likely history of the postmarks would disappear and damage the Postal History for future generations. For this reason, I turn to other factors like Postal Museum or IPF to publish this information on their websites without any consideration to ensure the documentation, as we know, people and sites are disappearing, the fact that there is a catalog and it is known what it containes,  may be something of interest in collecting postmarks and in modern Post History . IPS might be interested in the issuing a new edition for regular postmarks catalog and I'm ready to help.

Zvi Tov.



Number of Public Notification that is missing (red is more important, blue ships visiting)









28, 51, 131, 132



10, 69, 70, 71, 79



1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9 to 16, 18 to 24



1, 49, 68, 77



41 to 70, 83 to 89, 94 to 101, 103, 104, 105, 113 to 118



148, 149



112, 113, 114






19, 53



17, 38



2, 3, 38, 73






11, 58, 69






16, 24, 30, 34, 35, 38, 41, 60, 62, 88



3, 4, 9, 20, 23, 27, 45, 55, 57, 63



8, 12, 14, 18, 54



8, 17, 62, 63, 68, 74



2, 3, 19, 25, 30, 31, 39 60, 65, 67



16, 18, 22, 27, 30, 31, 32, 34, 41, 44, 45, 47, 56, 58, 59, 62, 70, 73,



3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, 34, 36, 38, 50, 51, 53, 64, 65, 66, 73, 75, 76, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 90, 95



3, 4, 16, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 33, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 71, 72



4, 7, 18, 21, 24, 25, 27, 30, 32, 33, 37, 38, 41, 49, 54, 61, 66, 67 ,68



2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 16, 26, 27, 29, 36, 39, 44, 48, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 80



2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 20 22, 23, 26, 31, 35, 39, 40, 46 54, 59, 60, 65, 71, 73, 77



3, 4, 8, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 29, 30, 33, 36, 40, 50, 51, 53, 60, 63, 70, 71, 72, 84



5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11,12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31, 36, 40, 43, 47, 48, 49, 52, 55, 57, 59, 61



2, 4, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 29, 40, 43, 45, 47 to 52, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65



4, 9, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 33, 35, 44, 45, 51, 53, 55, 62, 63, 64, 68, 72, 73, 77



1, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 31, 32, 40, 47, 48, 50, 56, 59, 60, 62, 70, 78, 82, 83, 84



1, 3, 9, 13, 15, 16, 22, 26, 33, 37, 39, 55, 57, 62, 63, 67, 68



2, 3, 6, 8, 14, 15, 21, 32, 34, 36, 37, 43, 49, 50, 57, 61, 66, 68, 69, 75, 78, 81



3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 18, 21, 29, 32, 34, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 50, 54, 57, 59, 60, 62, 63, 71



1, 6, 8, 17, 27, 29, 31, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45



5, 20, 23, 24, 30, 35, 36, 43, 46, 64, 70,



5, 7, 9, 13, 20, 22, 26, 27, 36, 46, 61, 62, 82, 83, 95, 114, 119, 104, 159



3, 15, 20, 27, 48, 83, 89, 92, 114, 118, 125, 135, 143, 147



7, 17, 20, 79, 81, 98, 105, 109, 114, 119, 121



26, 45, 100, 117, 141, 146, 157, 161



25, 38, 95, 133



37, 110



15, 52, 146



2, 34, 83