Navy League Stamps.
Author : Unknown (Circ 2006)
OTTOMAN NAVY ASSOCIATION (TURKISH NAVAL LEAGUE) STAMPS
(A) ISSUE OF 1914
These stamps were originally issued by the Ottoman Navy Association in 1914
as 1, 2, 5, 10, and 40 para labels
to be voluntarily purchased to support the Ottoman Navy Association.
The center design depicts various warships of the period: the 1 and
40 paras a destroyer, the 2 and 5 paras a torpedo boat, and the 10
paras an armoured cruiser.
The vessels are unidentified in the literature.
(B) ESSAYS OF 1914
In recent years a number of imperforate printer's proof, trial colour runs have
come into the market. One Istanbul authority reports that a "complete set"
consists of 26 colours and that one such a lot was auctioned several years
ago, in Europe.
Certainly, the available literature does not mention these colour trials so the
exact number is currently one of those unanswered questions surrounding this
(C) REVENUE OVERPRINTS OF 1915
In 1915, all but the 40 paras value of the Ottoman Navy Association
issue were also used as revenue stamps.
Six stamps were created by over printing "for immigrant aid" and a
new value in red.
Three of the six stamps are :
5 piastre on 1 para orange;
100 piastre on 2 paras blue; and
100 piastre on 5 paras green.
(D) REVENUE OVERPRINT OF 1916
In 1916, a black overprint, "paras 5 paras" /"kerosene and match revenue stamp" was applied to the 1 para orange Ottoman Navy Association stamp.
(E) POSTAL OVERPRINTS OF 1921
(overprinted for postal use by the Anatolian Government)
Because of the shortage of stamps available to them, the Ankara Government appropriated existing supplies of the Ottoman Navy Association issue in Anatolia and overprinted them in 1921 for postal use.
The issue contains numerous errors and varieties because of the lack of printing
expertise and sheer carelessness. (i.e. invert overprints, wrong years, etc.)
This is shown here by an inverted overprint on the 5 para green.
It should be noted that overprinting low
values such as the 1, 2, and 5 para denominatons was so inconsistent with
prevailing postal rates that these stamps were most probably useless for actual
(In 1933, there were 80 paras to one US cent.)