Sunday, 8 April 2012

Sunday Stamps - architecture

For this week's theme architecture (which I'm interpreting quite widely), I've chosen some of the earlier Egyptian stamps.  The pyramid and sphinx stamps (small selection above) were in use from 1879 to 1914, with changes in colour, values and paper types at various times.  During those years Egypt was under the final months of the rulership of Khedive Ismail, then Khedive Tawfik, then Khedive Abbas Hilmi.

The stamps below were issued in 1914 (this is just part of the set)

the 3m (orange) depicts Ras-el-Tin Palace, Alexandria (from where King Farouk would set sail into exile in 1952);
the 4m (issued in red in 1914, then in green in 1922) depicts the pyramids;
the 5m (pink issued in 1921) the Sphinx;
the 10m depicts the Colossi of Thebes, on the west bank in Luxor.

The 3m is a bit more interesting as it has a TPO (travelling post office) cancellation for Cairo - Tanta, and would have been cancelled on the train somewhere en route.

The next stamps are two of the higher values from the same set (issued 1914 - 1922):

the 20m depicts the Pylon of Karnak Temple, in Luxor;
the 50m depicts the Citadel in Cairo.

I am participating in Viridian's Sunday Stamps, you can check out this week's entries by clicking the icon below.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. These stamps are just fantastic. They make me not only wish to travel the world, but also to travel back through time! Anyhow, they are beautiful. I also really like the image on your blog header.

  2. You've certainly got the oldest architecture of the week. The stamps combine so much of both ancient and modern history.

  3. Delightful! Your post takes us back to ancient Egypt but also to the early 1900's when travel to Egypt seems very romantic. And yes great header photo! thanks for participating.

  4. Beautiful! They show several places in Egypt that I didn't know before now.

  5. These are things I never expected to see today. Great collection of ancient architecture.

  6. I love the look of those old stamps.

  7. It is great to see stamps from a not so common country. These are a little pale to be able to see the details very clearly - unless one can enlarge them!


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