Article 204441 – The Joseph Chalhoub Collection of Egypt – Volume XII

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The Joseph Chalhoub Collection of Egypt - Volume XII


Palestine (Gaza), French Consular Post Offices (Alexandria and Port-Said), Express Mail, British Forces in Egypt and Army Post.

Volume XII covers several topics of the Egyptian philately.

1. Palestine (Gaza)

2. French Consular Post Office (Alexandria and Port-Said)

3. Express Mail

4. British Forces in Egypt

5. Army Post

1. Palestine (Gaza)

Early on May 15th 1948 – the day following the end of the British Mandate over Palestine – the combined forces of the Arab states of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria marched into the newly proclaimed state of Israel.

Apparently at some earlier point, anticipating its capture of part or all of Palestine, Egypt had overprinted a full range of the then – current Egyptian adhesive stamps.

The collection starts with colour trials of the overprint. It includes many overprint varieties such as inverted overprints, overprint à cheval, double overprint and plate flaws of the overprint.

A complete sheet of 50 overprinted 1 L.E. of the Nefertiti stamp is shown. A number of six bars definitives and Air Mail all studied and signed by C F Hass are included. A rare pair of six bars of the 1 L.E. King Farouk can be seen. The majority of the known imperforate stamps are presented including the unique control blocks of the colour trial of the 10 m. 1960 World Refugee Year, the unissued National Union stamp of 1961 and the colour trial of the 1962 5th anniversary of the Gaza strip liberation. Many covers are part of the collection for the definitive stamps, the commemoratives, the Air Mail stamps and the Postage Dues stamps. Some of the rarities of the covers include the high denominations of the 50 piastres and the 1 L.E. and the all of the issued Postage Due stamps. Example of the Palestine stamp tax on cover can be seen.

2. French Consular Post Office (Alexandria and Port-Said)

By a decree of October 6th 1899 the French post offices at Alexandria and Port Said were required to use stamps specifically overprinted for them.

The collection presents the issued stamps and covers issued for Alexandria and Port Said. For Alexandria, overprint varieties such as inverted, à cheval and double are seen. Some overprints have two size of denominations: the 3, 6, 8 and 60; the large denominations being scarce. A vertical strip of 5 overprint 60 Mills, 3 stamps with large 60 is shown. A pane of twenty five 15 Mills. on 50 c. with misplaced perforation is presented. The rare 1921 1 f. with the surcharge “15 Mills” cancelled by a bar and overprinted “30 Mills” is seen. A unique specimen set of the UPU archives of Mauritania is part of the collection. The complete set of 5 postage due stamps are seen in panes of 25. Several important covers are presented, the 1899 2 f., the 1902

1 f. and 5 f.

For Port Said, the collection starts with the 1899 Local Provisional Issue. The set of 14 stamps were produced in small quantities: 25 to 250. A pane of 25 of the 5 c. is seen. A rare post card with two 5 c. stamps is shown. Overprint varieties of the different issues are part of the collection: broken “S” of “SAID”, à cheval, broken “P” of “PORT”, inverted, double. Of importance is a pane of 25 of the November 1899 local surcharge, the “VINGT-CINQ” local surcharge, with the surcharge misplaced with two rows of five completely à cheval. Several examples of this issue and the next issue: the “VINGT-CINQ” over “25c” local surcharge, used and unused are presented. Several variety of the overprint of the April 1921 high values are seen. The May 1921 set is shown with an example of the 2 f. orange and pale blue without surcharge. Ile Rouad stamps used in Port Said are shown. The varieties of the large values of the 1921 November set should be noted. Next are the Postage Due stamps starting with the May 1921 Provisional handstamp. This is followed by the first surcharged set with the rare 30 m. on 50 c. brown stamp. The final Postage Due set of November 17, 1921 is well represented with the varieties encountered with this set. Several important covers are seen including the 1899 1 f., 2 f. and 5 f., the 1902 1 f., 2 f. and 5 f., and several postage due stamps.

3. Express Mail

Only a minority of the countries of the Universal Postal Union have issued specific stamps for Express. Egypt inaugurated Express service on September 20th 1922, but it was not until four years later on the 25th of November 1926 that a special stamp was issued.

The Collection starts with covers sent EXPRESS before the issuing of the first Express stamp. A first day usage of Express Mail, one of two recorded covers, is seen.

1926 – The First Express Stamp. A 20 m. green, complete and unique proof sheet with rows 8, 9 and 10 perforated twice, the second perforation is oblique in seen. Another proof in light-brown “cancelled” on reverse and a rare stamp overprinted SPECIMEN from the UPU London archives is shown.

1929 – The Second Express Stamp. A 20 m. complete pane of fifty, proof printed on card “cancelled” on reverse and a unique Royal Sheetlet of fifteen stamps colour trial in green and grey is seen. A group of proofs with oblique perforations representing 6 different control blocks is presented. An example of the 20 m. stamp overprinted SPECIMEN from the UPU London archives is seen.

1943 – The Third Express Stamp. Proofs of the 26 m. control in both “cancelled” and oblique perforation are shown.

1944 – The Fourth Express Stamp. Proofs of the 40 m. control in both “cancelled” and oblique perforation are seen.

1952 – The Fifth Express Stamp, the 40 m. overprinted in Arabic “King of Egypt & Sudan”. Four different colour trials, all unique form part of this collection.

Covers representing the usage of all Express stamps are represented including First Day Cover of the first express stamp. The 26 m. Express cover is rare and the overprinted one is scarce. The usage of the Express stamps as ordinary stamps and ordinary stamps used for Express are part of the collection.

4. British Forces in Egypt

As of the 1st November, 1932, an Official Postal Concession allowed members of the British Forces in Egypt, and their families, to send letters at reduced rates to the British Isles, including the Irish Free State. Special postal seals, letter seals and letter stamps – 1 piastre denominations for sealed letters per 20 grams, 3 millièmes-denominated “Xmas Seals” for unsealed Christmas and New Year greeting cards.

The collection starts with the essay of the 1 pi. Postal Seal, original pen and ink drawing of this issue. Proofs followed with imperforate blocks of four and a block of four of the frame only. 1 pi. Letter Seal stamps were issued next. In 1934 Letter Stamps were issued and several colour trials are seen. A rare overprinted demonstration proof “HARRISON’S SPECIMEN” is presented. A similar demonstration proof is presented for the 1 pi. green Letter Stamp. In 1935 a 1 pi. Letter Stamp overprinted “JUBILEE COMMEMORATION 1935” was issued and the collection contains two blocks of four with overprint varieties.

Next are presented the Christmas Seals. In 1932, three blocks of four printed on three different paper color each block contain two essays and two proofs laid in tête-bêche. Imperforate Christmas Seals are shown for the 1933 and 1935. Several booklets or booklet panes produced for the British Military P.O. are seen.

Covers are included for all the postal seals, letter seals, the letter stamps and “Xmas Seals”. Of particular importance are the 1935 Jubilee Commemoration and the 1935 Provisional Christmas Seal 3 m. on 1 pi. covers.

5. Army Post

Commencing with the issuance of the 10 m. Fouad ARMY POST stamp on March 1st 1936, these Egyptian Government-produced stamps replaced the British Forces in Egypt seals and stamps. The Army Post stamps were completely phased out as of May 1st 1941, at which point all Forces surface mail was sent unfranked (the surcharge for airmail letters was paid by adhesives of the various Commonwealth countries).

The collection starts with a Notice announcing the new Army Post stamps for use by the British Forces. King Fouad Army Post were issued first with 3 m. and 10 m. stamps, King Farouk Army Post with the same denominations were issued in 1939. As has been a practice with the Egyptian Government-produced stamps, proofs were produced for the Palace. Control blocks of the proofs with “cancelled” back and others with oblique perforations are presented. King Fouad overprinted “SPECIMEN” of both values from the London UPU archives are seen. The unique King Farouk UPU archival specimens are shown. An experimental red colour trial cancellation of King Fouad on cover is part of the collection. Several covers of King Fouad and King Farouk are part of the collection. Of noticeable importance are the rare 3 m. King Farouk usage with three covers displayed

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