Tangier is a city in
The Algeciras Act of 1906 recognized Tangier and the surrounding territory as an international zone in the widest sense, and under the Treaty of Fès (November 1912) Tangier was to become its centre.
With this treaty, Morocco was effectively partitioned between France and Spain, the latter occupying the country's far north (called Spanish Morocco) and a part of Moroccan territory in the south, while France declared a protectorate over the remainder.
Tangier was made an international zone by statute in 1923 under the joint administration of France, Spain, and Great Britain, joined by Italy, Portugal, Netherlands and Belgium in 1928.
This statute remained in force until 1940. All the countries that had
acceded to the Algeciras Act were invited to accept
the 1923 statute, and with the exception of
In the zone British, French and Spanish post offices issued stamps,
mostly overprinted. In addition to the stamps listed below, there are Spanish
stamps with overprint and a control number on the back. These were not
officially issued, but were presented to delegates at the 9th UPU Congress in
Government: international controlled zone
Area: 373 km²
Population: 60.000 (1939) / 150.000 (1950)
Currency: British Pound (20 shillings, 1 shilling = 12 pence)
Tangier in Wikipedia.
Flag of Tangier International Zone in Flags of the World.
designer: 1: Mary Adshead
2: Percy Metcalfe
3: Hugo Fleury
4: George Rothe Bellew
remark: overprint on stamps of the
1 2½ D overprint text "TANGIER", hemispheres, portrait of George VI, text "1874 UNIVERSAL / POSTAL
ultramarine, overprint in black
(cat. Michel 46/SG 275)
2 3 D overprint text "TANGIER", UPU monument, portrait of George VI, text "UNIVERSAL / 1874 / 1949 /
violet, overprint in black
(cat. Michel 47/SG 276)
3 6 D overprint text "TANGIER", Goddess Concordia, globe, compass, portrait of George VI, text "UNIVERSAL /
bright purple, overprint in black
(cat. Michel 48/SG 277)
4 1/- overprint text "TANGIER", post horn, globe, portrait of George VI, text "UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION /
brown, overprint in black
(cat. Michel 49/SG 278)