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Please forgive the pictures via IMGUR.
I have inherited this collection from an Armenian Uncle living in Egypt his whole life
I know nothing about stamps of any sort.
My mum wishes to sell and I am essentially here to try and get educated.
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Panterra,
Thank you my friend for your work repairing this thread, It is greatly appreciated and hasn't gone unnoticed !

A very nice collection Egyptian stamps, mostly commons worth cents but some very nice mint sets to about $AU5.00 I'm guessing, and a nice selection of mini sheets,.

You should think of building on it as you may be dissapointed with the price you would get selling it in an Auction.....having said that, I may be totally wrong!
Email me if you want individual catalogue Values.

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Have to say thank you, Bruce, for the tremendous effort.

Much appreciated and is really an incentive to resume posting. This photobucket thing really got me disappointed.

Waiting for your next post Laurie... :D :D
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Just thought I would show a few Egyptian covers which were in a world lot I bought,

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I thought this was a cute cover, even better when I saw it had a Cinderella stamp on the reverse

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A couple more, first with Gezira Sporting Club and BOAC sticker

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second this Port Said Paquebot one

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Any extra information, particularly on the first one most welcome

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mseif_99 wrote:Moving forward, these are the 1932 surcharges on the earlier issued high values; 50mil & £1, lowering the value of both to be 50mil & 100mil respectively:

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The tall stamp was initially issued in 1926 commemorating King Fouad 58th Birthday, while the £1 violet-blue stamp was part of the first definitive set of the King's portrait issued 1923-1924. Originally, both issues were assigned to Harrison & Sons, London, but the birthday issue was printed by a Dutch sub-contractor; Nederland Rotogravure Maatschappi.

Surcharges were done by the Survey Department, Cairo.
The NRM - Nederlandsche Rotogravure Maatschappij in Leiden, the Netherlands, was an active printing house using photogravure since 1913. The helped out the Harrison and Sons printing house in setting up the photogravure department in London. That is how they got involved in printing the Egypt stamps.

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Zeheri did mention the horizontal screen but did he also show the variation??


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laurie02 wrote:... In January 1952 this stamp was overprinted, along with most other stamps of the period, with an all-Arabic inscription reading "King of Egypt and Sudan, 16 October 1951".

No further express stamps were issued, although the express service continues up to the present day.



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Hi Laurie

Enjoying learning about the motorcycle express stamps.
Do you know what this overprint refers to?

cheers :)

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Hi Gummybear,

love the name!

yes that is the inscription on your stamp, excellent copies of both stamps my friend!

Thanks for resurrecting this thread, I have been neglecting my Egyptian collection for a while, but I am inspired to keep going now!

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Cheers Laurie

Yeah I was trying to think of something 'stampy' & glue > gum came to mind. Then Drop Bears came to mind :lol: :P

I really love the artwork on these. Bike could be early Trumpy. Hard to define.
What are the numbers though? 1901?

I also have these. I love older stamps so happy when they are unused. :)

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And this cool one

Are they dates?

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Oh I thought it was Gummybears the lolly!
:D :D :D
Yes they are the Arabic equivalent of the Jovian years. I don't remember the correct term for the Arabic Calendar.

VFND55 and I were having a discussion on the type of motorcycle and we agreed on "Triumph"
VFND55 wrote:Nice stamp and history laurie02

I was wondering what type of motorcycle was used for the express service in Egypt and after searching through the internet and not finding any info on the subject, my best guess is a Triumph type H also known as the "Trusty Triumph."

Triumph motorcycles, a British manufacturer, was used for the Allied troops during WWI for dispatches between commands. I personally have driven a Triumph and can vouch for its toughness, lots of power and well made but be prepared for rough ride.

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laurie02 wrote:Oh I thought it was Gummybears the lolly!
:D :D :D
Yes they are the Arabic equivalent of the Jovian years. I don't remember the correct term for the Arabic Calendar.

VFND55 and I were having a discussion on the type of motorcycle and we agreed on "Triumph"
Was a bit. Love Gummies. :)

What's the earliest year the bike appears on the stamps? I'll have a search through my bike reference books too. As VFND55 suggested Type 'H' does seem like a good candidate.

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Hi Gummy,
It was 1926 for the first green motorcycle express stamp in the denomination of 20 milliemes
laurie02 wrote: We missed Egypts first airmail and express stamps!

it was 1926 when these were first issued, love the fez on a motorbike!

both are incredibly beautiful stamps, the shade of the purple in the airmail is quite stunning.
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Hey Laurie.

So there's a green stamp I haven't got yet. Or even seen.

Are there any other Egyptian stamps/items with motorcycle reference?

Had a read up on Egypt's postal history. Quite interesting. :)
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Hi Gummy,

It's not hard to come by, I've had a look and I don't have a spare for you.

They are the only stamps that I can think of that have motorcycles on them, apart from the Egypt 1959 Transport Miniature Sheet you popped on before, but I focus on pre 1960, there may be others that I do not know of.
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So nice of you to consider me Laurie. I'll look about my local dealers. Good to know I have most of the older ones.
Out of all my stamps it's the early artwork that appeals the most. :D
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I agree Gummy the older stamps by far are more ornate and some are like works of art!
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Hey Laurie

Do you have this one?

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Interesting article too.

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I've never seen the 20 mills Express in green before or the 20m Police day .

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me either Al.
2 to keep an eye out for now. :)
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Thanks Gummy,

Unfortunately the police day falls outside my collecting timeline, I have seen it, however I don't have a copy of it, if I pick one up I'll keep you in mind my friend, Possibly Mohammed (mseif_99) may have one?

P.S. I like the badge in your Avatar, does it have a story?
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Hi Laurie

Oh that's a shame. Got all excited finding a new Egyptian bike stamp. :lol:
Thanks for looking out mate. Much appreciated. If I don't find one locally I'll contact him.

The badge is from my collection. You guessed it. I collect m/bike badges. (Is an illness :shock: ) Mostly Aussie. Next challenge is to find a program from that show.
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Read through this thread two weeks ago and the fantastic designs on all of these stamps has encouraged me to start an Egyptian collection, so I have my Steiner pages printed off and my first lot of Egyptian stamps are in the post to me (off fleabay, but it was a good lot to get me started!!).

Can't wait to get going and hopefully one day will have something sufficiently nice to post here!!

To all those thread regulars - please keep posting pictures of your collections as it's so inspiring to others!!

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting an Egyptian mermaid holding a bouquet of lotus flowers, an African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus), and the Nile River, printed by lithography, and issued by Egypt on December 12, 1998 to commemorate "The Day of the Nile Inundation," Scott No. 1689, plus an image of a mosaic of an Egyptian woman holding a lotus. Note: Ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile flooded every year because of Isis's tears of sorrow for her dead husband, Osiris.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting the catalog and medal produced for the 13th Alexandria Biennial of Mediterranean Countries, printed by photogravure, and issued by Egypt on February 2, 1980, Scott No. 1130.

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Stack of coins, smokestacks and grain, designed by I. El Torki, printed by photogravure, and issued by Egypt on November 7, 1974 to publicize International Savings Day, Scott No. 968.

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Excellent stamps Nethryk and nice bit of knowledgeable dialogue about them!
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Hi all
Great thread here Laurie02 some nice stamps shown by all especially sets and blocks.
I have a few i would like to show.
firstly Queen Nefertiti one with a UAR overprint
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Next 1947 King Farouk stamp with Palestine overprints in black and red
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lastly a nice 12/01/20 Shepheards Hotel Cairo cancellation on a 1914 Archway of Ptolemy 111 stamp
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Thanks chips61,
Thats a very nice "cash" cancel!
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Userkaf, Egyptian pharaoh and the founder of the Fifth Dynasty, issued by Egypt on October 1, 1972:
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Khafre, fourth king of the 4th dynasty (c. 2575–c. 2465 BCE) of ancient Egypt and builder of the second of the three Pyramids of Giza. Stamp shows detail of a statue of Khafre with the god Horus in the shape of a falcon, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, issued by Egypt on April 1, 1972:
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The 16th agricultural and industrial exhibition, Cairo, Egypt 1949, issued by Egypt on March 1, 1949:

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Each stamp shows the statue of the personification of the River Nile, found in 1513 in Campo Marzio where it was probably part of the decoration of the Iseo Campense, dedicated to the Egyptian deities Isis and Serapis. Egypt is represented by the presence of a sphinx, on which the figure of the Nile supports himself, and by some animals:
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Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein (1918–1970) was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1954 until his death in 1970. There are many Egyptian stamps show Nasser, here are several of them:

Issued on April 1, 1972:
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Issued on February 1, 1971 to commemorate the completion of Aswan High Dam:
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Issued on September 28, 1971 to commemorate first anniversary of Nasser's death:
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Gummybear wrote:Hey Laurie

Do you have this one?

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I have this one and will be happy to send it to you in case you still need it.

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The 50th anniversary of discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb, issued by Egypt on April 26, 1972:
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In addition to the above stamps, a great SS also issued. Unfortunately, my scanner turned the colors and I can't catch the real beauty of this SS, although I used different modes:
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To see many more Tutankhamun's stamps and philatelic items from Egypt and from around the world, I highly recommend the excellent thread of King Tut:

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laurie02 wrote:Today I have the Anglo Egyptian treaty Commemorative stamps from 1936.
a lovely set in 5, 15 and 20 mil values.
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The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 (officially, The Treaty of Alliance Between His Majesty, in Respect of the United Kingdom, and His Majesty, the King of Egypt) was a treaty signed between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Egypt. Under the terms of the treaty, the United Kingdom was required to withdraw all its troops from Egypt, except those necessary to protect the Suez Canal and its surroundings, numbering 10,000 troops plus auxiliary personnel. Additionally, the United Kingdom would supply and train Egypt's army and assist in its defence in case of war. The treaty was to last for 20 years; it was negotiated in the Zaafarana palace, signed in London on 26 August 1936 and ratified on 22 December. It was registered in League of Nations Treaty Series on 6 January 1937.
Thanks, Laurie, for this lovely set. Another Anglo-Egyptian Treaty was signed in 1954, under which British troops were to be evacuated gradually from the Suez canal zone. To mark this event, a set of two stamps were issued by Egypt on November 4, 1954:
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In 1956, President Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal Company (I haven't the stamp marks the nationalisation). This was followed by the UK and France invasion to the Canal area (In the same time, Israel started war in the Sinai in response to attacks from Gaza strips). Fighting started along the canal and in Sinai desert. A single stamp marks this event was issued on December 20, 1956:

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Political pressure from the USA, the USSR and the UN, led to a withdrawal of France and UK from the Canal zone. To mark this event, the above stamp was reissued on January 14, 1957 overprinted "Evacuation 22-12-56":

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(The nationalization stamp of 1956 was reissued on April 15, 1957 to mark the reopening of Suez canal).

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Well, closure in Israel continues and I spending time to do order in my collection. I just founded a cover that might complete the story I posted in the previous post about the Suez canal crisis of 1954-1957.
Eli wrote:In 1956, President Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal Company (I haven't the stamp marks the nationalisation). This was followed by the UK and France invasion to the Canal area (In the same time, Israel started war in the Sinai in response to attacks from Gaza strips). Fighting started along the canal and in Sinai desert.

Political pressure from the USA, the USSR and the UN, led to a withdrawal of France and UK from the Canal zone.

Well, this political pressure led also Israel to withdrawal the Sinai desert and the Gaza strip. After that, Egyptian troops returned to Gaza strip. To mark this event, Egypt issued a single stamp on May 4, 1957:

Note: this specific stamp is overprinted "Palestine" for use in Gaza strip. I haven't the stamp without the OP which used in Egypt:
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Great story and stamps Eli
Keep it up!
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laurie02 wrote:Great story and stamps Eli
Keep it up!
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Thanks, Laurie! I very glad to see you again in this lovely thread which I always followed and enjoyed.

I don't collect Egypt stamps and philatelic items but I do have many Egyptian stamps in my "mythologies of the world" collection (under Egyptian mythology) and I also keep those Egyptian stamps with connection to Israel (as you see in the above posts).

I bought a nice collection of MNH Egypt stamps mainly 1970-1975 since it contained many in my themes. After I took the stamps interesting me, I left with many others not in my themes. I know you don't collect UAR, but if you need stamps from this period, I will be glad to keep for you.

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Hostility between Egypt and Israel started on May 15, 1948, when the British mandate for Palestine was ended and the state of Israel was established. It continues for 30 years until 1977 when both countries signed peace agreement which is stable until today (and resulted with many stamps... :) ).

As far as I know, Egypt issued only one stamp marks the 1948 war with Israel. It was issued on June 15, 1948, a month after the beginning of the war shows Egyptian troops marching toward Gaza strip:
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The following is a label issued in Egypt aimed to collect donations to finance the war. It shows the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and says "Donations to save Arab Palestine":
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As a consequence of the 1948 war, Egypt remained in the Gaza strip and controlled it until 1967. During this period, Egyptian stamps overprinted or issued for use in the strip.

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Excellent info Eli, thank you
I have started similar thread on Stamp community forum, come over and say hello!
Its way easier to post pictures there also, I don't post here at all anymore.
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laurie02 wrote:Excellent info Eli, thank you
I have started similar thread on Stamp community forum, come over and say hello!
Its way easier to post pictures there also, I don't post here at all anymore.
Thanks, laurie, for your recommendation. I just entered the Stamp community forum, after years I didn't visit there, and find it very active (I like the section about the engraved stamps with many threads :) ).

How can I find your thread about Egypt?

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Relations between Israel and Egypt were not normalised after the 1948 and 1956 Wars. In May 1967, President Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, mobilised Egyptian forces along the border with Israel and signed defence pact with Jordan.

On June 5, 1967, Israel attacked Egypt, Jordan and Syria (and Iraq from the air) and by six days took control of Gaza strip and Sinai desert from Egypt, the West Bank from Jordan and the Golan Height from Syria. The war later was called Six-day War.


Egypt didn't issue any stamp related directly to the Six-day war, but days after the war, on June 22, 1967 a single stamp shows Nasser and a map of Israel entitled "Arab solidarity for Palestine Defence" was issued. The map indicates the Straits of Tiran:
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On October 6, 1973, on the middle of the holiest Jewish day "Yom Kippur" (day of atonement), Egypt and Syria attacked Israel. Egypt's initial war objective was to use its military to seize a foothold on the east bank of the Suez Canal and use this to negotiate the return of the rest of Sinai. In the end of the war, Egypt took control on the east side of the Suez Canal while Israel took control in an area in Egypt west of the Suez canal.

The first stamp marks Egypt victory was issued on December 23, 1973 shows President Sadat and the Egyptian army crossing the canal over temporary bridges it built:

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Since than, Egypt issued many stamps commemorating this event, although, since peace signed with Israel, the stamps show no military motives. Here are example of two stamps issued on October 6th of 1979 and 1984:
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The 1973 October War (called in Israel Yom-Kippur War) paved the way for the subsequent peace process between the two countries which resulted with many stamp issues.

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Time for Peace!! after almost 30 years of fighting, the Egyptian President, Muhammad Anwar El Sadat, visited Jerusalem, Israel on 19 November 1977. I was 16 in these days and remember the excitement we all felt when first Arab leader came to Israel with a message of peace.

To commemorate the visit to Israel, Egypt issued on December 31, 1977 a set of two identical stamps depicting Sadat and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem:

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Soon both countries signed Peace Treaty. To mark this event, Egypt issued a set of three identical stamps on March 31, 1979, shows Sadat's signature on the Peace Treaty with Israel:

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Israel withdrew from the Sinai desert and completed the withdrawal on April 25, 1982. Since than, Egypt issued in the same date several stamps commemorating this event. Here are two issued on April 25, 1982 and 1983:

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On October 6, 1981, while watching the annual victory parade held in Cairo to celebrate October War, Sadat was assassinated by militant fundamentalist group who opposed peace with Israel. A set of two identical stamps in commemoration of Sadat was issued on November 14, 1981:

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Although the assassination, the peace between Egypt and Israel remains stable until today.

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To mark the "Post Day", Egypt issued in years 1971, 1972 and 1973 three sets of stamps show ancient Egyptian mosque minarets built during 11th-14th centuries:

Al-Hakim mosque minaret
Isna mosque minaret
As Saleh mosque minaret
Qalawun mosque minaret

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Ibn Tulun mosque minaret
Al Gawli mosque minaret
An-Nasir, mosque minarets (Two stamps)

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Al-Ghashankir mosque minaret
Qusun mosque minaret
Bashtak mosque minaret
Al-Maridani mosque minaret

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Here is a post about I posted several years ago in the UNESCO thread about "the UNESCO campaign to save Philae temples" which I think, would interest visitors of this thread:

Philae is currently an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam, downstream of the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Egypt. Philae was originally located near the expansive First Cataract of the Nile River in southern Egypt, and was the site of an Ancient Egyptian temple complex (Sanctuary of goddess Isis). These rapids and the surrounding area have been variously flooded since the initial construction of the Old Aswan Dam. The temple complex was later dismantled and relocated to nearby Agilkia Island as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign project, protecting this and other complexes before the 1970 completion of the Aswan High Dam.

Several stamps were issued by Egypt publicizing the UNESCO campaign to save Philae temples. Here are the stamps issued in 1970-2:
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laurie02 wrote:So for today we have the last commemorative set from 1937, Egypt, Ophthalmology Conference in Cairo.
The design came from ancient Egypt, the Sacred Eye of Horus.
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A short piece of history for us:

HORUS Mythical son of the Egyptian deities Isis and Osiris. Horus is considered the Egyptian equivalent of Apollo, founder of the healing arts or medicine. He fought with Set, the demon of evil and lost an eye which was replaced by miraculous means. The symbol Âx is said to represent the eye of Horus and was first used as an amulet 5000 years ago by the Egyptians. The symbol has served as the ‘recipe’ sign for medical prescriptions throughout the ages.

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Thanks laurie for your summery and the stamps. Let me please add from my collection:

Eye of Horus from Tut-Ankh-Amun’s treasures, issued on October 1, 1981:
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Egyptian designer usually use the Horus' Eye in their designs to emphasis protection or important things. Here are three examples on Stamps:

Protection of the Egyptian workers by the social system, issued on November 30, 1972 and December 8, 1973 to publicize the Social Work Day:
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Following the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, Egypt and Israel were negotiating the exact position of the border. Egypt claimed that a tiny town called Taba, in North Sinai, was located in the Egyptian side before Israel took control of Sinai. After a long dispute, the issue was submitted to an international commission which ruled, in 1988, that Taba indeed was belong to Egypt and that Israel should return it to Egyptian hands. This stamp was issued on November 16, 1988 celebrating the restoration of Taba to Egypt. Look how the designer put Taba exactly in the middle of Horus' eye (in the eye pupil) to emphasis its importance to Egypt. The inscription reads: "Taba is Egyptian":

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There are more stamps with Horus eye. I will be glad to see your "Eyes".

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In ancient Egypt, Thoth was the god of knowledge and wisdom. Usually, he is depicted in his human form with the head of an ibis or as a baboon.

God Thoth, issued on April 1, 1925 to publicize the international congress of geography. Here he is depicted carving the name of King Fuad:

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In 1959, the construction work of Aswan dam in Egypt began. The old Pharaonic Nubian monuments were under threat from the rising water of the Nile. In 1960, UNESCO launched an international campaign to save the monuments. Rescue operation was begun, archaeological sites were surveyed and excavated and 24 major monuments were moved to safer locations.


Here is a set issued by Egypt on October 24, 1965 publicizing the international campaign to save the Nubian monuments:

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I just posted more stamps from other countries supporting the UNESCO campaign to save the Nubian monuments:
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=6665506#p6665506

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Got a set of stamps from a colleague last year. Still kept in the original pages as bought by his father in Egypt....

I see the 3 stamps detailed by Eli above are part of this too.
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