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Egyptian Newspaper Wrappers

A total of 12 different newspaper wrappers were issued by Egypt.

The first ones were issued in 1889 and the last one was issued in 1947.

The size of all Egyptian newspaper wrappers is 125mm x 300mm.

1 January 1889
Sphinx & Pyramid design. Printed by De la Rue & Co, London..
Egypt 1889 newspaper wrapper sphinx and pyramid    Egypt 1889 newspaper wrapper sphinx and pyramid
Both  these two wrappers were produced on two different papers - on a buff paper and on a yellowish paper.
These wrappers were also overprinted SOUDAN for use in Sudan.
Fred Melville states, in his book "Egypt",  that in 1911 the total number of items sent using newspaper rate was 17,054,000 inland and 13,595,000 foreign.
Egypt newspaper wrapper used Helouan
Wrappers of the 1889 issues are most commonly found postmarked Cairo or Alexandria. This example is postmarked HELOUAN

Egypt newspaper wrapper 1897 Alexandria
A 1m wrapper uprated with 1m stamp for local use in ALEXANDRIE in 1897. Uprated wrappers used locally are very rare.

Egypt newspaper wrapper Pliene Mer
The "PLEINE MER" handstamp was applied to mail posted on the high seas prior to the term "PAQUEBOT" being introduced. The handstamp on this wrapper was in use in Port Said and Suez during the period 1892 to 1898. The handstamp was applied once the item had been posted.
I cannot think of any reason why it has been applied to this unused newspaper wrapper apart from being done by favour.

Egypy newspaper wrapper 1907 Ionian Bank
A 2m wrapper which has been overprinted for use by the Ionian Bank Limited from Alexandria to Stockholm, postmarked 1907.
Private overprints on Egyptian newspaper wrappers are very scarce

8 January 1914
Sailboats (1m) or Cleopatra (2m) design, printed by De la Rue, London
Egypt 1913 newspaper wrapper sailboats  Egypt 1913 newspaper wrapper Cleopatra

Design of 1m
For the 1m, Melville describes the design as "gyassas or sailing-boats on the Nile".
Stanley Gibbons describes the boats as "feluccas".

Design of 2m
Ascher describes the design on the 2m stamp as that of "Osiris",  Higgins and Gage as that of "Cleopatra" and Sehler as that of "Hathor".
Fred J Melville in his book "Egypt", published in 1915, describes the design as that of "Cleopatra in the garb and head-dress of the goddess Isis".  Stanley Gibbons describes the design as "Cleopatra from Temple of Dendera".

Egypt newspaper wrapper 1924
Wrappers issued from 1914 onwards are very much more difficult to find. This 2m wrapper from the 1914 issue has been uprated  by 2m for use from Alexanria to Winterthur Switzerland in 1924.

Egypt newspaper wrapper Revue Egyptienne
A 2m wrapper overprinted for use by the "Revue Égyptienne", from Alexandria to Winterthur Switzerland
Another rare example of a private overprint on an Egyptian newspaper wrapper.

Egypt 1922 Newspaper Wrapper with cutout
A very rare (to my kowledge unique) example of an Egyptian newspaper wrapper cutout on a newspaper wrapper.
A 1914 issue 2m Cleopatra wrapper used in 1922 from Alexandria to Mannheim in Germany; the cut out is from the same issue wrapper.

1931
Change of colours - Sailboats(1m) or Cleopatra (2m). Printed by Harrison & Sons, London.
Egypt 1931 newspaper wrapper sailboats  Egypt 1931 newspaper wrapper Cleopatra

1932
King Faud
design. Printed by Survey Department, Cairo.
Egypt 1932 newspaper wrapper King Faud  Egypt 1932 newspaper wrapper specimen
Egyptian newspaper wrappers with a year of issue printed on the wrapper (as in the example shown above)  are specimens from the Universal Postal Union archive; the date stamp was applied by the UPU (usually only 3 copies).
1937
King Faud design. Printed by Survey Department, Cairo.
Egypt 1937 newspaper wrapper King Faud

1939
Young King Farouk design. Printed by Survey Department, Cairo.
Egypt 1939 newspaper wrapper King Farouk
On the 1mill the indicium is 25mm high, larger than on the 4mills

1941
Young King Farouk design. Printed by Survey Department, Cairo.
Egypt 1941 newspaper wrapper King Farouk
On the 4mills the indicium is 24¼mm high, smaller than on the 1mill

1947
King Farouk, Marshal design. Printed by Survey Department, Cairo.
Egypt 1947 newspaper wrapper King Farouk
Wrappers from the 1947 issue were printed on matt paper and on glazed paper.


Bibliography for Egyptian Newspaper Wrappers
Catalogue Prix-Courant de Timbres-Postes, by J B Moens, 1893
Grosser Ganzsachen-Katalog, by Dr Siegfried Ascher, 1928
Billig’s Philatelic Handbook Vol 21, Egypt Postal Stationery section by A S Arnold revised by Warner Bates, 1954
Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalogue, 1966/1990
Egypt Stamps & Postal History, by Peter A S Smith, 1999
The Nile Post Handbook and Catalogue of Egyptian Stamps, by Joseph H Chalhoub, 2003
Neuer Ganzsachen-Katalog, by Norbert Sehler, 2007

See also Newspaper Wrappers where you can find news of the "Catalogue of Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrappers from the Whole World".

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