DURAZZO (DURRES, ALBANIA)

One of the most economically significant towns of Albania, Durres is the most important port of Albania. Although at the end of the 1800s Durres was an economically depressed area with a small population, Italian colonists eyed the entire region for commercial and strategic reasons. Durres had been part of the Ottoman Empire since the early 1500s. The early years of the 19th century saw clear signs of the break-up Ottoman Empire, a debacle which was accelerated by Russian support for national independence in the Balkans. The main ports on the Adriatic Sea had been townships from Roman times, and had considerable Venetian affinities and liaisons. Austria, however, was also extremely interested in the area and provided significant competition. A clear indication of Italy’s interest in the area came on 26 June 1902, when Italy opened a post office at Durres. At the beginning, Italian definitive stamps were used, later partly replaced by Italian stamps overprinted ALBANIA and those overprinted for general use in the Italian Levant. Finally, in February 1909, seven Italian definitive stamps overprinted DURAZZO were issued. The second line of the overprints was used to give the face value in Turkish currency. In January 1911, a supplementary high denomination, 40 Piastre on 10 Lire Italian Floreale definitive stamp, was issued. The Italian post office was closed on 29 September 1911, at the outbreak of the Italo-Turkish War; it was reopened in February 1913 and later closed on 31 December 1922. During these years, current Italian definitive stamps were used; however, in January 1916, the 30 para denomination of the 1909 DURAZZO overprints was overprinted to provide a 20c stamp denominated in Italian currency. One important detail is that Albania did not become a member of the Universal Postal Union until 1922. This situation in post-war Albania made the presence of Italian post offices at Durazzo, Valona, and Valona Scalo particularly valuable and useful for mail to foreign destinations. See other sections [Albania (1902-1908), Valona, Saseno, Janina, Scutari, etc]. For the 1939-1943 issues of Albania under Italian rule see the specific section. ***** COPYRIGHT: We own the copyright in this site and in material published on it such as articles, technical profiles, technical information, general information, descriptions and photographs of all items. Those works and the entire content of this website are protected by copyright laws around the world. All our rights are reserved. All images, text and stamps featured on this site (virginstamps.com) are our SOLE PROPERTY and may not be copied or reproduced in any form whatsoever. Swift legal action will be taken against any individual, organisation, group, or company found to have violated our copyright in any form or reproduced any of the webpages, images or content without prior written permission.

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ITALY VATICAN SAN MARINO COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOG 2011
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY VATICAN SAN MARINO COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOG 2011
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1909 10 PARA ON 5c LEONI MINT HINGED FINE
Country: DURAZZO ALBANIA
Catalog #: Sassone #1
Condition: 1909 10 PARA ON 5c LEONI MINT HINGED FINE
Description: SCATT 1 * SASSONE 2 euros
Price: $1.00
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1909 30 PARA ON 15c MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Country: DURAZZO ALBANIA
Catalog #: Sassone #3
Condition: 1909 30 PARA ON 15c MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Description: SCOTT 3 * SASSONE 100 euros
Price: $49.00
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1909 4 PIASTRE ON 1 LIRA FLOREALE USED * GREEN FRAME SHIFT
Country: DURAZZO ALBANIA
Catalog #: Sassone #6a
Condition: 1909 4 PIASTRE ON 1 LIRA FLOREALE USED * GREEN FRAME SHIFT
Description: RARE VARIETY: GREEN FRAME HORIZONTAL WESTWARD SHIFT -- most unusual and clearly visible - not list in Scott ** SASSONE 50 euros
Price: $25.00
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1909 20 PIASTRE ON 5 LIRE FLOREALE USED ON PIECE VERY FINE
Country: DURAZZO ALBANIA
Catalog #: Sassone #7
Condition: 1909 20 PIASTRE ON 5 LIRE FLOREALE USED ON PIECE VERY FINE
Description: VERY RARE, ESPECIALLY THIS QUALITY * SCOTT 7 * SASSONE 350 euros - unique opportunity
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1909 20 PIASTRE ON 5 LIRE FLOREALE MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Country: DURAZZO ALBANIA
Catalog #: Sassone #7
Condition: 1909 20 PIASTRE ON 5 LIRE FLOREALE MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Description: VERY RARE, ESPECIALLY THIS QUALITY * SCOTT 7 * SASSONE 420 euros - very desirable & fresh colors
Price: $199.00
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1916 20c ON 30 PARA ON 15c USED ON PIECE FINE
Country: DURAZZO ALBANIA
Catalog #: Sassone #9
Condition: 1916 20c ON 30 PARA ON 15c USED ON PIECE FINE
Description: SCOTT 9 * SASSONE 25 euros
Price: $12.00
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