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Egyptian Newspaper WrappersA 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. All Egyptian newspaper wrappers were 125mm x 300mm.
Sphinx & Pyramid design
These two wrappers on two different papers - on buff paper and on yellowish paper.
In the book "Egypt", Fred Melville states that in 1911 the total number of items sent by newspaper rate was 17,054,000 inland and 13,595,000 foreign.
Sailboats (1m) or Cleopatra (2m), printed by De la Rue, London
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".
For the 1m, Melville describes the design as "gyassas or sailing-boats on the Nile". Stanley Gibbons describes the boats as "feluccas".
Change of colours - Sailboats(1m) or Cleopatra (2m)
Egyptian newspaper wrappers with a year of issue printed alongside the image (as shown on the above) are specimens which were sent to the UPU
Young King Farouk
Young King Farouk
SOME USED EXAMPLES
Wrappers of the 1889 issues are most commonly found postmarked Cairo or Alexandria. This example is postmarked HELOUAN
A 1m wrapper uprated with 1m stamp for local use in ALEXANDRIE in 1897. Uprated wrappers used locally are rare.
The "PLEINE MER" handstamp was applied to mail posted on the high seas prior to the term "PAQUEBOT" being used. The handstamp on this wrapper was in use in Port Said and Suez during the period 1892 to 1998. The handstamp was normally 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.
A 2m wrapper which has been overprinted for use by the Ionian Bank Limited from Alexandria to Stockholm, postmarked 1907
Wrappers issued from 1913 onwards are much more difficult to find. This 2m wrapper from the 1913 issue has been uprated by 2m for use from Alexanria to Winterthur Switzerland in 1924.
A 2m wrapper overprinted for use by the "Revue Egyptienne", from Alexandria to Winterthur Switzerland
Bibliography for Egyptian Newspaper Wrappers
Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalogue, 1966/1990
Grosser Ganzsachen-Katalog by Dr Siegfried Ascher, 1925
Neuer Ganzsachen-Katalog by Norbert Sehler, 2007
See also Newspaper Wrappers Index Page where you can download a draft "Catalogue of Newspaper Wrappers of the World".
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