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- - Emi Gimjani.
- - Nika Thimi.
RL - Rolf Lamprecht.




According to wiki :
Albania proclaimed independance from the Ottoman Empire in 1912 in the southern coastal city of Vlora.

This was recognised by the Conference of London on 29 July 1913. In 1914, with WWI, Greece took control of the area, until 1917 when they were driven out by Italy.
The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 awarded the area to Greece. However it reverted to Albanian control in November 1921, when Greece was defeated by Turkey.


I have only seen these listed in the Michel Catalogue under 'Central Albania, Essad-Post'. Their description is:
1915, 10 February - Tarabosh 1913 issue with violet, black or red double circle overprint having Turkish text; Perf. 11½.

5P 10P 5P
Type b - 5 Para.
Michel 11
Type b - 10 Para.
Michel 12
Ottoman Overprint.
Anyone know what this says ?

These stamp images from RL have a cancel that is probably telegraphic, though the face values are fairly low. ZYRA means Office.
This set comprises the vales of 2Pa, 5Pa, 10Pa
, 20Pa, 40Pa, 100Pa and 5Pia



Stamps are known inscribed in Italian for Telegraphic use in Vlora (Italian Valona) and Himara (Italian Chimara).
Technically these appear to be Franks, since they did not have a monetary value,
but were instead designated as 1, 5 or 10 'Parole', Italian for 'Words'.
These are described (in Albanian) in the book HISTORY OF ALBANIAN STAMPS 1913 - 2013 by Thimi Nika.


1916 (MCMXVI) printed by “Laterza” in Bari, Italy.

1 word 5 words 10 words
Type 1 - "Valona" (Vlora),   1 word.
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Type 1 - "Valona" (Vlora),   5 words.
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Type 1 - "Valona" (Vlora),   10 words.
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Images by kind permission of Emi Gimjani and Nika Thimi.

These are known with Italian Military cancels (Vlora Naval Base, 1919), and Vlora Prefecture cancels of 1919.

Military Cancel


Guatemala type 6
Type 2 - "Chimara" (Himara)
Similar to above but inscribed 'TELEGRAFO DI CHIMARA'.


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1 1 word, blue - 55.00
H2 1 5 words, brown - 85.00
H3 1 10 words, green - 110.00
H4 2 1 word, blue? - 85.00
H5 2 5 words, brown? - 130.00
H6 2 10 words, green? - 165.00


If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.



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