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Telegraph stamps of the World

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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.
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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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


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