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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. All Egyptian newspaper  wrappers were 125mm x 300mm.

Sphinx & Pyramid design
Egypt 1889 newspaper wrapper sphinx and pyramid  Egypt 1889 newspaper wrapper sphinx and pyramid
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
Egypt 1913 newspaper wrapper sailboats  Egypt 1913 newspaper wrapper Cleopatra
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)
Egypt 1931 newspaper wrapper sailboats  Egypt 1931 newspaper wrapper Cleopatra

King Faud
Egypt 1932 newspaper wrapper King Faud  Egypt 1932 newspaper wrapper specimen
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

King Faud
Egypt 1937 newspaper wrapper King Faud

Young King Farouk
Egypt 1939 newspaper wrapper King Farouk
The indicium is 25mm high, larger that the 4mills

Young King Farouk
Egypt 1941 newspaper wrapper King Farouk
The indicium is 24¼mm high, smaller than the 1mill

King Farouk
Egypt 1947 newspaper wrapper King Farouk

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 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 used. The handstamp on this wrapper was in use in Port Said and Suez during the period 1892 to 1898. 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.

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

Egypt newspaper wrapper 1924
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.

Egypt newspaper wrapper Revue Egyptienne
A 2m wrapper overprinted for use by the "Revue Egyptienne", from Alexandria to Winterthur Switzerland

Egypt 1922 Newspaper Wrapper with cutout
A very rare (perhaps unique) example of an Egyptian newspaper wrapper cutout on a newspaper wrapper.
A 1913 issue 2m Cleopatra wrapper used in 1922 from Alexandria to Mannheim in Germany; the cut out is from the same issue wrapper.

Bibliography for Egyptian Newspaper Wrappers
Catalogue Prix-Courant de Timbres-Postes, by J B Moens, 1893
Grosser Ganzsachen-Katalog by Dr Siegfried Ascher, 1928
Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalogue, 1966/1990
Egypt Stamps & Postal History, by Peter A S Smith, 1999
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".

© Jan Kosniowski     

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