Notes from the Past

British Forces in Egypt

During the period from November 1, 1932, to February 29, 1936, British forces and their families stationed in Egypt received a special postal rate for letters to Great Britain.  This was indicated by the use of special seals that were sold in booklets at Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), which were the British equivalents of the American PX.

The seals were placed on the back of mail and an appropriate handstamp marking was applied to the front.  From their usage, it would seem that the items are more local postage stamps than seals, especially since they bear a figure of denomination.

The first seal bears the NAAFI emblem and has a face value of one piastre.

Special seals for use on Christmas mail went on sale in November, 1932.  They feature a camel and the pyramids.

The Sphinx decorates seals used during 1934, and in 1935 a commemorative overprint was applied to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary.

Special postage stamps inscribed "Army Post" and featuring King Fuad I were placed in use in 1936, followed in 1939 by similar stamps bearing King Farouk.

Special stamps ceased to be used in April, 1941, but the British Forces rate was not eliminated until 1951. 

- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume One A-F
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted November 13, 2000

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