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1936 Egypt - 1936 envelope to Exeter, England, with an M.P.O. CAIRO 15 MR 36 datestamp on the front and a block of four British Forces in Egypt 1p stamps on the back, cancelled by diamond Retta cancels.
1936 Egypt
1936 envelope to Exeter, England, with an M.P.O. CAIRO 15 MR 36 datestamp on the front and a block of four British Forces in Egypt 1p stamps on the back, cancelled by diamond 'Retta' cancels.
£35.00
Reference: G2779

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1918 Egypt - 1918 printed Sidi-Bashr Post Card sent to Ranileh, Egypt, with a boxed ALIENS /  INTERNMENT CAMP / SIDI BISHR * ALEXANDRIA  cachet. An oval PASSED BY CENSOR No. 13 cachet is on the front of the card along with an arrival c.d.s. of 10 JAN 18. The Sidi Bishr Camp opened in January 1917 and internees from the Ras-El-Tin camp were transferred there. These were later joined by P.O.W.s from German East Africa and Palestine. This card was written by P.O.W. No. 620.
1918 Egypt
1918 printed Sidi-Bashr Post Card sent to Ranileh, Egypt, with a boxed 'ALIENS / INTERNMENT CAMP / SIDI BISHR * ALEXANDRIA' cachet. An oval PASSED BY CENSOR No. 13 cachet is on the front of the card along with an arrival c.d.s. of 10 JAN 18. The Sidi Bishr Camp opened in January 1917 and internees from the Ras-El-Tin camp were transferred there. These were later joined by P.O.W.'s from German East Africa and Palestine. This card was written by P.O.W. No. 620.
£60.00
Reference: GW2096

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1918 Egypt - SIDI BISHR INTERNMENT CAMP.  1918 envelope to Switzerland with a large part of the boxed ALIENS /  INTERNMENT CAMP / SIDI BISHR * ALEXANDRIA  cachet. An oval PASSED BY CENSOR No. 13 cachet is on the front of the cover along with a Geneva 1.III 1918 arrival cancel. The Sidi Bishr Camp opened in January 1917 and internees from the Ras-El-Tin camp were transferred there. These were later joined by P.O.W.s from German East Africa and Palestine. This envelope was written by P.O.W. No. 232, Giulio Pertot,
1918 Egypt
SIDI BISHR INTERNMENT CAMP. 1918 envelope to Switzerland with a large part of the boxed 'ALIENS / INTERNMENT CAMP / SIDI BISHR * ALEXANDRIA' cachet. An oval PASSED BY CENSOR No. 13 cachet is on the front of the cover along with a Geneva 1.III 1918 arrival cancel. The Sidi Bishr Camp opened in January 1917 and internees from the Ras-El-Tin camp were transferred there. These were later joined by P.O.W.'s from German East Africa and Palestine. This envelope was written by P.O.W. No. 232, Giulio Pertot,
£75.00
Reference: GW2094

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1918 Egypt - SIDI BISHR INTERNMENT CAMP.  1918 printed Prisoners of War letter, inscribed inside in German, sent to Germany by P.O.W. No. 2574 S. Erhart. On the front is a BASE ARMY POST OFFICE Z 30 JU 18 canceller is at the upper right along with a P. of W. Camp / SIDI BISHR and triangular censor cachet. The Sidi Bishr Camp opened in January 1917 and internees from the Ras-El-Tin camp were transferred there. These were later joined by P.O.W.s from German East Africa and Palestine. Captain Erhart was in the medical corps in German East Africa before being captured.
1918 Egypt
SIDI BISHR INTERNMENT CAMP. 1918 printed Prisoners of War letter, inscribed inside in German, sent to Germany by P.O.W. No. 2574 S. Erhart. On the front is a BASE ARMY POST OFFICE 'Z' 30 JU 18 canceller is at the upper right along with a P. of W. Camp / SIDI BISHR and triangular censor cachet. The Sidi Bishr Camp opened in January 1917 and internees from the Ras-El-Tin camp were transferred there. These were later joined by P.O.W.'s from German East Africa and Palestine. Captain Erhart was in the medical corps in German East Africa before being captured.
£60.00
Reference: GW2093

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1868 Egypt - 1868 folded outer wrapper to Cairo bearing a 1pi cancelled ALEXANDRIA 10 APR 68.
1868 Egypt
1868 folded outer wrapper to Cairo bearing a 1pi cancelled ALEXANDRIA 10 APR 68.
£165.00
Reference: K1818

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1932 Egypt - 1932 Shepheards Hotel envelope to the Philippines bearing a 20 Mi cancelled by the bilingual SHEPHEARDS HOTEL 22 FEB 32 datestamp. On the back are Cairo and Port Said cancels. A very unusual destination!
1932 Egypt
1932 'Shepheard's Hotel' envelope to the Philippines bearing a 20 Mi cancelled by the bilingual SHEPHEARD'S HOTEL 22 FEB 32 datestamp. On the back are Cairo and Port Said cancels. A very unusual destination!
£40.00
Reference: K1817

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1936 - S S WINKFIELD. 1936 envelope from Alexandria (21 AUG 36) to Birmingham that has been damaged by water, resulting in stamps being washed off the cover. On the reverse is a two line ‘DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER’ cachet. This incident was on board the S S Winkfield, which took on water somewhere during its journey, probably in the Mediterranean. The S S Winkfield was built by Pickersgill & Son at Sunderland in 1919 and owned by the British India Steam Navigation Company. It was initially used ( 1919) as a troop ship and later as a merchant ship between London and Bombay. In May 1941 when approaching the Thames Estuary, it was mined and sunk. An interesting and until now, unrecorded ship incident.
1936 - S S WINKFIELD. 1936 envelope from Alexandria (21 AUG 36) to Birmingham that has been damaged by water, resulting in stamps being washed off the cover. On the reverse is a two line ‘DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER’ cachet. This incident was on board the S S Winkfield, which took on water somewhere during its journey, probably in the Mediterranean. The S S Winkfield was built by Pickersgill & Son at Sunderland in 1919 and owned by the British India Steam Navigation Company. It was initially used ( 1919) as a troop ship and later as a merchant ship between London and Bombay. In May 1941 when approaching the Thames Estuary, it was mined and sunk. An interesting and until now, unrecorded ship incident.
1936
S S WINKFIELD. 1936 envelope from Alexandria (21 AUG 36) to Birmingham that has been damaged by water, resulting in stamps being washed off the cover. On the reverse is a two line ‘DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER’ cachet. This incident was on board the S S Winkfield, which took on water somewhere during its journey, probably in the Mediterranean. The S S Winkfield was built by Pickersgill & Son at Sunderland in 1919 and owned by the British India Steam Navigation Company. It was initially used ( 1919) as a troop ship and later as a merchant ship between London and Bombay. In May 1941 when approaching the Thames Estuary, it was mined and sunk. An interesting and until now, unrecorded ship incident.
£250.00
Reference: G2230

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1905 - S.S. Cairo - On 5th March 1905 the S. S. Cairo en route from Genoa to Alexandria, went aground when approaching the harbour at Alexandria, Egypt, and was totally wrecked. Most of the mails were washed away but 51 bags were rescued. The surviving mail received a bilingual two line handstamp, in French and English. The English reads  SAVED FROM THE WRECK OF S. S. CAIRO.  This picture post card originated in Quebec, Canada, an unusual origination for this wreck.
1905 - S.S. Cairo
On 5th March 1905 the S. S. Cairo en route from Genoa to Alexandria, went aground when approaching the harbour at Alexandria, Egypt, and was totally wrecked. Most of the mails were washed away but 51 bags were rescued. The surviving mail received a bilingual two line handstamp, in French and English. The English reads 'SAVED FROM THE WRECK OF S. S. 'CAIRO'. This picture post card originated in Quebec, Canada, an unusual origination for this wreck.
£90.00
Reference: K1043

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