The Alawite overprints
4-piastre overprint on 85-centime "Sower" of FranceThe Alawite State or the Alaouites (Fr.) is located between Hatay and the Lebanon. Geographically within Syria, Alawi was administered under a French mandate between 1920 and 1930 and as the Sanjak of Latakia from 1930. From 5 December 1936 (effective in 1937) it was fully incorporated into Syria.
France never designed postage stamps specifically for Alawite. There was an initial period in which Syrian stamps were used, inevitably causing accounting difficulties between the Alawite and Syrian postal services. In 1925, French stamps were overprinted "ALAOUITES" followed by a denomination in piastres (French stamps being denominated in francs) and this was followed by the same information in Arabic.
Later between 1925 and 1930, similar overprints were used on stamps of Syria. Airmail overprints included the word "AVION" and after 1926 a picture of a monoplane.