We are proud to announce the publication of the third volume of the Great Philatelic Collections books dedicated to the Egypt stamps collection formed by Joseph H. Chalhoub.

This volume of 156 pages is presenting The Egyptian Post Offices Abroad.

Egypt developed a major presence, the Khedivial Mail Line, in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea in the 19th century. A postal service was established in the consulates at the ports in the Ottoman Empire served by it. A few years later, southward colonial expansion as far as Somaliland and the borders of Uganda led to the opening of a considerable number of Egyptian Post Offices, mostly in the Sudan.

The rates at first were 1 piaster per 10g. port-to-port, inland postage extra, registration fee 2 piaster, printed matter 10 paras per 40g. With the advent of the UPU (on July 1st 1875), the consular offices were subject to the foreign rate, 1 piaster 20 paras (inland postage included), prints 20 paras per 50g.; the registration fee became 1 piaster. On April 1st 1878, the UPU letter rate was  dropped to 1 piaster per 15g., and prints to 10 paras.

This collection is presented in two groups. The first group is called Consular Offices. This is where Egyptian post offices existed at the Egyptian Consulates in ports of the Ottoman Empire, in which the civil administration was Turkish. The second group is called Territorial Offices, they were nominally Turkish, without postal services, until the Ottoman Sultan formally transferred the civil administration to Egypt.

The Egyptian offices are the rarest of all foreign offices in the Mediterranean, approached only by those of Russia.

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This book, as well as volume I and volume II, is available on our website:

COMING SOON: Egypt volume IV: King Fouad I – Stay tuned!