This part of the site site will, eventually, cover all the earlier postage stamp issues of Iraq, from the country's beginnings to the downfall of the monarchy in 1958. My plan is to essentially write about the stamps in the order they were issued, but there'll be much going backwards at the same time, as I insert new scans/information/etc. to finished pages.
I have embarked on the exercise of scanning and writing up my collection mostly to have something to keep me off the streets in the evenings; and I couldn't possibly emphasise with sufficient vehemence the extent to which I am not —and do not seek to hold myself out as— an authority on any of the matters discussed here, whether philatelic, historical or otherwise.
My Iraq collection is nothing like complete, extensive or even particularly high-quality, and most of my knowledge comes from nowhere further out than the Gibbons Catalogue and the Proud book; but I have long maintained a very great affection for these stamps and believe they hold considerably more philatelic interest and aesthetic appeal than is generally acknowledged — and, as there's very little useful information about them on the internet, I can only hope that, on some occasional moments, some points of light can possibly shine hereout through the fog of my ignorance and appalling writing style. If any readers have any wisdom to share or corrections to make, these will all be gratefully received.
My knowledge of Iraq's history has been pieced together mostly from sugar packets, so I am certain my attempts at historical overviews in the pages below are replete with errors both of commission and omission — for which I can only apologise in advance.