On Aug. 2, 1990, the armed forces of Iraq invaded Kuwait, its neighbor to the south, and declared Kuwait to be a province of Iraq. Less than a month earlier, Kuwait had issued a set of definitive stamps depicting the head of a hawk.
The airmail special delivery (express) cover shown here, from Al Jahra, Kuwait, to Washington, D.C., features three of those stamps: a single purple and gold 50-fils stamp and a pair of green and gold 150f stamps (Scott 1138 and 1140) on a preinvasion cover.
The cancellation on the stamps is indistinct, but the arrival postmark on the back is dated July 25, 1990. On that fateful date, United States Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to inquire about Iraqi troops massing along the border to Kuwait.
According to The New York Times, Hussein might have interpreted Glaspie’s statement that the United States had “no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts” as diplomatic permission to invade. If so, it was one of history’s gravest misunderstandings. A U.S.-led multinational force launched Operation Desert Storm and expelled Iraqi occupiers from Kuwait in February 1991.
During the occupation, Iraqi postage had been required. After the restoration of independence, Kuwaiti authorities restored their postal administration. At first, prices for the last set of preinvasion stamps rose sharply. More recently, the Scott catalog reported that they had gone back on sale at the post office.
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Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Marty Frankevicz discusses the controversy in Canada over increasing postage rates, the elimination of home mail delivery and the erecting of cluster boxes.
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.