80 years of Egyptian postage stamps – 1946
The Egyptian post issued this set of three stamps in 1946 to commemorate the 80 years of Egyptian postage stamp.
In 1866, Egypt issued the first set of modern postage Stamps. The set included seven stamps with values from 5 paras to 10 piasters. The stamps had a watermark showing a pyramid with a shining light on its top.
The first stamp features the photo of the first stamp issued in 1866.
The second stamps features the photo of Ismail Pasha Kedive of Egypt and Sudan who reigned from 19 January 1863 – 26 June 1879. Ismail Pasha as his grandfather, Muhammad Ali Pasha, had high ambitions for Egypt. He greatly modernized Egypt and Sudan during his reign. He invested heavily in industrial and economic development, in urbanization, in addition to the expansion of the country’s boundaries in Africa.
The third stamp had the portrait of King Fuad I, King of Egypt and Sovereign of Nubia, the Sudan, Kurdufan and Darfur. King Fuad I reigned for 16 years from 15 March 1922 – 28 April 1936.
Before becoming king, Fuad I, contributed, in 1908, to the establishment of the first modern Egyptian university known as The Egyptian University. Later, the name of the university changed to King Fuad I University. After the end of monarchy in 1952, the university was renamed Cairo University.
The set of stamps was issued during the reign of the king Farouk of Egypt who succeed his father Fuad I.
Catalog Reference: Yvert & Tellier: 238, 239 and 240.