On 1 December 1923, Tangier and its surrounds were made an international zone under the joint administration of France, Spain and the U.K. The international administration began on 1 June 1925.
The British Post Office in Tangier used Morocco Agencies stamps in Pound Sterling value or overprinted in Spanish currency. From 1927, stamps were also overprinted “TANGIER” for use in the Tangier International Zone. Originally, only stamps up to 2d were overprinted “TANGIER.” Higher face value stamps with the normal Morocco Agencies overprint remained in use.
The first set of George V definitive stamps overprinted consisted only of the ½d, 1d and 1½d values from the original British “dark colours” series.
1937, British Post Office in the Tangier International Zone, George V definitives, SG 245-247
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2020 9:47:55 GMT -5 by salmantino
In 1956, France and Spain ended their protectorates of Morocco. On 31 December 1957, all British post offices in Morocco but for the one in Tangier were closed. That office remained open until 30 April 1957.
To celebrate the centenary of the British Post Offices in Morocco, British stamps were overprinted “1857-1957 TANGIER” for use at the British Post Office in Tangier. It is reported this office remained open to enable it to reach its centenary and issue the commemorative set.
The set was issued on 1 April 1957. It consisted of 17 Wilding definitives and three Castle high value stamps up to the value of 10s. The Post Office considered overprinting the £1 Windsor Castle stamp as well. It concluded demand for the set would fall due to the inclusion of that value to a point were revenues would be lower than they would be for a set without the £1 value.
This is a new overprint and not an overprint of earlier overprinted stamps with “1857 – 1957.” The positioning of “TANGIER” is different from that of earlier issues on some values. The font also is different from that used on earlier issues. The “G” in “TANGIER” lacks the leg it had on earlier overprints on values up to 1/6. The 6d stamp has the deep claret colour that was not issued in Great Britain until 8 May 1958. A separate printing of this value may have been done for this set.
The 2/6 Carrickfergus Castle stamp exists with two overprint types. These can be distinguished by the length of the bar in the 5 in “1957.” The second type is from a later printing to meet philatelic demand.
1957, Elizabeth II, Wilding stamps overprinted "1857-1957 TANGIER" for use at the British Post Offices in the Tangier International Zone (Morocco), St. Edwards Crown watermark, SG 323-339
1957, Elizabeth II, Waterlow Castles overprinted "1857-1957 TANGIER" for use at the British Post Offices in the Tangier International Zone (Morocco) , St. Edwards Crown watermark, SG 340-342
In 1942 and 1943, the ½d to 3d values of the King George VI definitives were issued in paler colours. This was a wartime economy measure to prevent wear of the printing cylinders and to save printing ink. These were the values most used.
The ½d and 1d values in the paler colours were overprinted for use at the British post offices in the Tangier International Zone and issued on 3 May 1944. Until 1948, only stamps with a face value up to 2d had been overprinted “TANGIER.” Higher face value stamps overprinted “MOROCCO AGENCIES” remained in use.
On 1 January 1949, the 2d, 2½d and 3d values in pale colours, together with the remaining values and high value stamps up to 10s were issued. It is possible the GPO decided to overprint stamps with a face value higher than 2d to increase philatelic revenues. This was also the first 2d stamp issued since the first stamps overprinted “TANGIER” had been issued in 1927.
From 23 August 1950, these stamps were also permitted to prepay postage in the United Kingdom as was the case for all overprinted British stamps that retained their Sterling face value.
1944 - 1949, British Post Office in the Tangier International Zone, George V definitives, SG 251-252 & 261-275
Last Edit: Dec 2, 2020 15:14:51 GMT -5 by salmantino
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