Entries by fadi maassarani

Lebanon 1926

The 1926 is the year that Lebanon adopts a constitution and officially becomes the Lebanese Republic (23 May 1926). It is also a complex year regarding the postage to pay for of a simple letter sent from the French Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Alawites) to foreign countries. To summarize and without going into details: From 25 […]

YMCA covers from Lebanon during WW2 let’s be curious

“The military Postal Section was a highly organized department that worked with remarkable smoothness and promptness so that the men in the fighting-line had little to complain about in the delivery of letters sent to them by their friends or delays in their own letters home.” While browsing different philatelic auction sites, my attention was […]

The Graf Zeppelin didn’t fly over Lebanon!

LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (Deutsches Luftschiff Zeppelin #127; Registration: D-LZ 127) was a German-built and -operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. When it entered commercial service in 1928, it became the first commercial passenger transatlantic flight service in the world. It was named after the German pioneer of airships, […]

Will we see malaria back in Lebanon ?

Introduction Malaria is caused by the parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of Anopheles mosquitoes. With 216 million people currently infected in 99 countries and 655 000 deaths per year in 2011, malaria is the most common parasitic disease. Around half of the world’s population is exposed and 80% of cases […]

Medical advertisment on postcards from Lebanon

The communication on drug and medicine, especially pharmaceutical advertising, seems to be born with the pharmaceutical industry in the late nineteenth century. With the growth of written communication and the emerge of first scientific journals and techniques, rapid dissemination of information is performed. The advertisements for drugs will greatly multiply in the press. Fig.1-Levant postal […]

1954, Union Postale Arabe

Among its efforts to coordinate their economic life, the founders of the Arab league held their first Arab postal union meeting in July 1954. The postal administration of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen released a joint issue of stamps to commemorate the event on 01/01/1955. Fig.1 – Libyan FDC. Fig2 – Jordanian […]

« Smoking or health, the choice is yours »

I quit smoking by 30 June 2015, so promptly and with great conviction I posted Fadi’s article. B. L.   Next May 31, 2016 will be a no tobacco day, a campaign led by the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO always had close links with philately. WHO has always used postage stamps as a means […]

A short review of a Lebanese iconic beer

Founded in 1933 under the French mandate by the JABRE family at Bauchrieh, the brewery was initially named « Brasserie et malterie Franco-libano-syrienne ». It was and remains the only Lebanese brewery. Its production turned around 1000 bottle/hour at that time. 1935-Outgoing cover with Grand-Liban stamps overprinted with french and arabic “République Libanaise”. Beer is a fermented […]