From the end of the 19th century, international mail from Morocco was carried out by foreign postal agencies. Several European countries ran postal agencies in Morocco.
Initially, the Gibraltar postmaster ran the British postal agencies in Morocco. In 1907, control of the British postal agencies was transferred to London. British stamps were overprinted “Morocco Agencies” for use at the British postal agencies in Morocco.
Stamps were overprinted in Spanish currency (Peseta and centimos). Contemporaneously, overprinted stamps that retained their original face value were used for mail posted at the British postal agencies, primarily parcels and airmail. A French protectorate was established in 1912. From 1917, stamps also were overprinted in French currency (Franc and centimes) for use in the French zone.
From 1937 until 1949, British stamps replaced British currency stamps overprinted “Morocco Agencies.” Overprinted stamps were reintroduced in 1949 at the remaining British postal agency in Tetuan. The set shown below was the first issued after the reintroduction of overprinted British currency stamps.
From 23 August 1950, the General Post Office permitted the use of any overprinted stamp that had not altered its face value in the United Kingdom.
1949 Morocco Agencies George VI British Currency SG 77-93
Last Edit: Apr 11, 2020 3:30:43 GMT -5 by salmantino
Post by salmantino on Apr 11, 2020 10:12:25 GMT -5
From October 1950, the lower values of the current set of King George VI were printed in new colours to comply with Universal Postal Union guidelines for international mail. In essence, the colours were reassigned. The new colour stamps were overprinted “Morocco Agencies” for release at the British Post Office in Tetuan on 3 May 1951.
On that day a new series of high value definitives was issued showing images reminiscent of England. These are known to collectors as “Festival High Values,” because of the two stamps commemorating the Festival of Britain were issued on the same day. The half crown and crown values of the Festival High Values were overprinted “Morocco Agencies” and released together with the low value definitives in the new colour scheme.
All the stamps were valid for use in the United Kingdom as they retained their Pound Sterling face values.
1951, Morocco Agencies George VI British Currency, SG 94-100
The first stamp overprinted “MOROCCO AGENCIES” on the British photogravure issue of King George V was used at British post offices in Morocco in April 1935. This was an overprint on the intermediate format 1d Scarlet (another one for my wants list).
Further values came in to use during 1935 and 1936. This included an overprint on the small format 1d scarlet. These stamps were only used on mail, mostly parcels and registered mail, handed in at the office. Because they entered the British mail system directly, they could retain their Sterling value.
The photogravure stamps were also overprinted for use in the Tangier International Zone and in French and Spanish currencies for use in the respective protectorates (see the threads for those currencies). The range of stamps used differs for each use.
1935-1936, British post offices in Morocco, King George V photogravure Mackennals, SG 66 – 72 .
Update 29-12-2020: Added 1d scarlet large format stamp.
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2020 14:24:48 GMT -5 by salmantino
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