Sunday, 30 December 2012

Sunday stamps

For this week's end of year theme of endings, I struck lucky and found several Egyptian stamps which relating to the history of Egypt illustrate endings of one sort or another.

The first stamp was issued in April 1944 and commemorates the 8th anniversary of the death of King Fouad  I, the father of King Farouk.  King Fouad is on the stamp.  This portrait is unusual in that King Fouad was usually shown wearing a fez or other headwear.  Here's the wiki link for King Fouad.

The next stamp issued on 6 May 1947 (the anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Farouk) commemorates the total evacuation of British Troops from the Nile Delta.  I presume this was the troops leaving after the end of the Second World War.  The stamp shows King Farouk wearing the uniform of the Supreme Chief of the Army and raising the Egyptian Flag.  In the background, the outline of the three pyramids is visible.

The next set, issued on 11 February 1952 (11 February was the birthday of King Farouk) commemorates the abrogation of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty (dating from 1936, wiki link).  The treaty had been abrogated by the Egyptian government on 16 October 1951.  This is significant regarding the Suez Canal.

The next set of two stamps issued 4 November 1954 were issued under President Nasser (King Farouk went into exile in 1952 and Egypt became a Republic) marking the agreement in October 1954 for the evacuation of British troops from the Suez Canal (wiki link to Suez Canal crisis).

I'm participating in Viridian's Sunday stamps, you can check out this week's entries by clicking the icon below.
Thanks for visiting and a Happy New Year.


  1. The history of Egypt in stamps - great.

  2. Interesting history and colors on the the Egyptian stamps.

    King Fouad looks like a Dali imitation with that mustache!

  3. Interesting stamps. Happy new year!


  4. I have the 10 mill stamp from the middle set of three, but I had no idea what it represented.
    Happy New Year to you

  5. Lovely stamps - green on pink seem to be popular combinations. You did well finding so many endings!

  6. Nicely illustrated journey through the first half of the 20th century. I can remember seeing King Farouk without a fez before. The second stamp is very striking.

  7. Interesting Salvador Dali moustache on the stamp of King Fouad I.


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