It is a truism that political considerations have affected every stamp issuing country, some more than others.
British engineers who built the world's first railways in their own country also introduced them to others.One of these was Egypt, whose first railway was engineered by Robert Stephenson. But the first Egyptian line was unlike the others.
This home-made postcard was made from cut-outs of red Australian KGV heads and postage due stamps pasted to the front of a blank "Graphic" post card that was sent, presumably under cover (as there were no stamps for postage nor postmarks), to an Australian soldier in Egypt on leave from fighting at Gallipoli in Turkey. The design was drawn in black ink, but the red and green colour was filled in by the stamps. The comical design was of a woman with a plumed hat racing after a fleeing rooster who had already lost three of his tail feathers.
The postage stamps of Syria offer a wide and interesting field of study to the general collector as well as to the most minute and exacting of philatelic specialists.
The cover has a total postage of 1/ 7d made up of a pair of ½d orange KGV heads and the 1/6 Hermes airmail stamp. It has two ENMORE/ 130P 16 JL 36/ N.S.W postmarks plus a blue By Air Mail/ Par Avion vignette. It is addressed to E. L. Angeloglou. Esq./ 13. El. Manakh. St/ Cairo, Egypt.
The Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company was incorporated in 1839 by Royal Charter, with a subsidy of ₤240,000. Supplemental charters extending the operations of the Company were granted at intervals, one in 1904 containing an ‘all British’ clause confining control of the Company to British subjects.
This is an interesting picture postcard of the Port and Lighthouse at Alexandria in Egypt (c.1914). It was probably purchased in early 1915 by one of the vast number of soldiers stationed in Egypt, prior to engagements in places such as Gallipoli during World War One.