Saturday, 8 May 2010
Postcard from Egypt no. 3
Another great postcard from Farah in Egypt, showing a lithograph by David Roberts, Scottish painter known for "his detailed prints of Egypt and the Near East that he produced during the 1840s from sketches he made during long tours of the region". The picture shows the obelisk at Luxor, Upper Egypt. Luxor is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site (designated in 1979) centred on Thebes.
The 225 pt stamp shows the same obelisk from a different angle, and the postage is complemented by a 25 pt stamp from the same series of archaeological definitives issued in 2002. The card was cancelled in Cairo at first by hand, and then again by a machine.