Panayotis D. Cangelaris - Greek Diplomat and Collector

"THE KINGDOM OF EGYPT (1922-1953)"

Philatelic Exhibit
Left and right:  Bicolor composite cut and pasted in different colors (Only seven compositions are known to exist)
Royal couple's portrait misplaced (Only two are known to date)
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This exhibit is part of Panayotis D. Cangelaris Egyptian stamps collection.  He started collecting these stamps during his childhood in the late '50s, when he was still living with his family in Alexandria Egypt. Part of this collection was presented in five frames through this exhibit to the public (since 2005) by his participation to a series of national, international and world competitive philatelic exhibitions at the traditional philately class.

 Kingdom of Egypt

Objective of this exhibit is to show the stamps, varieties (essays, proofs etc.), errors and usages of the principal issues of the Kingdom of Egypt (1922-1953), including rarities once belonging to the Palace Collection.

The Kingdom of Egypt was created by a treaty with Great Britain concluded in 1922 and providing for Egypt’s independence.  It made the then ruler, Sultan Ahmed Fouad, the first King of Egypt under the name Fouad I.  Great Britain, however, retained the right to station troops in Egypt and refused to consider Egyptian claims to the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan.  The British protectorate was maintained until the promulgation of a new treaty in 1936, which promised the eventual withdrawal of British troops. King Fouad I was succeeded by his son Farouk I.  In 1937 a further step toward sovereignty was accomplished by an agreement (which went into effect in 1949) to end extraterritoriality there.

After World War II Egypt actively opposed the UN partition of Palestine in 1948 and, joining its forces with the other members of the Arab League, sent troops into the Negev to be bitterly repelled by the Israeli forces.  In 1951, the Egyptian Parliament abrogated the Condominium Convention (1899) and declared sole Egyptian sovereignty over Sudan with King Farouk I as King of both countries. This, however, had little effect in Sudan, since the British did not recognize it and continued to govern the country.  A year later (1952), the military, headed by General Muhammed Naguib, took power by coup.  King Farouk I abdicated in favour of his infant son, Ahmed Fuad II, but in 1953 the monarchy was abolished and a republic was declared.

Egypt was the first non-colonial African country to issue, and later print, its own stamps, and was one of the first to employ photogravure as a method of stamp printing.  A pioneer in the use of Airmail had also the fortune of having its Kings, Fouad I and his son Farouk I, avid philatelists.  They both amassed one of the richest and finest stamp collections in the world, which, after the proclamation of the republic, was confiscated and publicly auctioned (1954).  Thus, philately in Egypt was among the most important of all and the quality of the stamps issued during this period (1922-1953) one with the highest standards ever.

During the period under examination the following printing processes have been employed to produce Egyptian stamps and postal stationary:  typical typography, classic recess, photogravure, lithography and embossed printing.  The printers of Egyptian stamps included:  “The Government Printing Works”, in Boulac, Cairo, “Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd”, London, “Harrison & Sons Ltd”, London, “Nederland Rotogravure Maatschappaij”, Holland and “The Survey Department of Egypt”, at Giza, Cairo.


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The Kingdom of Egypy (1922-1953) Philatelic Exhibit Online View




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