Prior to 1924 French newspaper wrappers were used in Algeria and these precursors can only be identified by the postmark. By 1880 a total of 295 post office had been opened in Algeria.
ALGERIA PRECURSOR NEWSPAPER WRAPPERS
1c French newspaper wrapper used in 1890 from Oran Karguentah
1c French newspaper wrapper used in 1908 from Philippeville in Algeria
The date code on this wrapperis 637
2c French newspaper wrapper used in 1908 from Constantine in Algeria
The date code on this wrapper is 804
3c French newspaper wrapper used in 1922 from Philippeville in Algeria
The date code on this wrapper is 106
The first postal stationery newspaper wrappers issued for Algeria was in 1924 by overprinting French newspaper wrappers with the word ALGÉRIE
Date Codes (control numbers) - most French and Algerian wrappers were printed with a datecode to the right of the stamp imprint at a distance of about 3cm,
the normal setting for the date code is the foot of the number facing the stamp imprint, R indicates the reverse.
In 1924 French newspaper wrappers were overprinted
ALGÉRIE, the normal size of these wrappers is 320mm x 55mm.
The 1c is found on wrappers with date codes 410, 509 and 548
The 2c wrapper is found with date codes 410, 452 and 548
2 varieties above show on the left one a large shift in the overprinting,
while on the right one there is an "S" printed on the right edge on a wrapper with date code 410
The 5c orange is found with date codes 414 and 414 reversed
The 5c green is found with no date code, codes 436, 506 and 536
The example above shows the overprint shifted some 5mm to the right
In 1927 two new newspaper wrappers were produced for use in Algeria a1c dark olive and a 2c brown violet.
The design depicted the Rue de la Casbah - a street scene.
I have specimens of both wrappers with a CTO postmark of 10 April 1927- was this the first day of issue?
The 1c is found with no date code, code 515 reversed, code 643 reversed and code 644
The 2c is found with no date code, code 507, code 642 and code 643 reversed
A spectacular "paper fold" variety of the 1927 Algeria 2c brown violet (with no date code) To the best of my knowledge this is unique example of a "paper fold" in a postal stationery newspaper wrapper from anywhere in the whole world
These two wrappers are addressed to the same recipient and from the handwriting appear to have been sent by the same sender.
The top one is postmarked Mostaganem 20.05.30 and has no date code.
The bottom one (with date code 642) has a Tunisia stamp added, the date of the postmark is 20.06.35, but I cannot identify the place name.
My guess is that this wrapper was actually posted somewhere in Tunisia and not in Algeria.
In 1928 a 15c values, in red-brown, with a design depicting the Sidi Abderharman mosque was issued
In 1938 a 10c violet value newspaper wrapper issued with the same design as the 1927 values
It was produced without date code and date code 744.
In addition a 20c value, in carmine, with the design as in 1928 was issued
These are only found with date code 745
Example of the SPÉCIMEN handstamp by the Ministry for the [Portuguese] Colonies
to stamps and stationery received from the UPU before distributing single examples to the various colonies, in this instance almost certainly Goa.
In 1940 the 20c wrapper was handstamped with 0f10 using wrappers with date code 745
This item was posted in Oran, Algeria on 31 Jan 1942 using a 1940 issue, 0f10 on 20c wrapper, addressed to a person serving in the Army,
it attracted postage due in Morocco, postmark MEKNES -VILLE NOUVELLE MAROC on 14 Feb 1942.
There is also a QW handstamp - perhaps someone knows what this is?
In 1943 the 1940 wrappers were additionally handstamped +0F30
These wrappers are only found with date code 745
Catalogue des Entiers Postaux de France d'Algérie des Colonies Française, Association del Collectionneurs d’Entiers Postaux (ACEP), 1927
Grosser Ganzsachen-Katalog, by Dr Siegfried Ascher, 1928
Catalogue des Entiers Postaux de France d'Algérie des Colonies Française, Association del Collectionneurs d’Entiers Postaux (ACEP), 1949
Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol 3, 1951
Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalogue, 1966/1990
Neuer Ganzsachen-Katalog Afrika 2007, by Norbert Sehler, 2007