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RARE OLD POSTCARDS OF A COPTIC CHURCH IN PORT SAID, EGYPT, FROM THE BRITISH PERIOD

March 6, 2013

The following two postcards date back to the pre-1952 Nasser’s coup d’état: they show a Coptic church in Port Said, the top Suez Canal city. There are at least three Coptic churches in Port Said today by the names of St. Mark’s, St. George’s and St. Mary’s; and as I have not visited Port Said I can’t say what church is represented in the postcards. The old church may have even undergone further structural developments that changed its original architecture. It is noticeable that the church in the postcards has unusually one spire and one dome, which is pointed. Both cards are not dated, but possibly c. 1910.

The first postcard was produced by Lichtenstern & Harari, Cairo (Series No: N. 172) and simply titled Port Said – Coptic church. The second was produced by L. & B. Isaac Behar, Port-Said (Series No: N.42) and is titled Port-Said, Church Eglise Copte et Village Arabe. Both are 9x14cm in dimension.

Port Said Coptic Church 1

Figure 1: Port Said – Coptic church by Lichtenstern & Harari, Cairo (Series No: N. 172).

 

 Port Said Coptic church 2

Figure 2: Back of “Port Said – Coptic church “.

 

 Port Said 3

Figure 3: “Port Said – Coptic church” in colour.

 port said 4

Figure 4: Port-Said, Church Eglise Copte et Village Arabe by by L. & B. Isaac Behar, Port-Said (Series No: N.42).

Update (24 December 2013):

It seems that the first postcard which was produced by Lichtenstern & Harari, Cairo (Series No: N. 172) and simply titled Port Said – Coptic church is a photograph taken by Victor Collin de Plancy (1853–1924), the French diplomat, who published a book in 1906 under the title: 77 cartes postales de Djibouti, d’Éthiopie et d’Égypte.  Photograph number 60 he just titled: Port-Saïd : coptic church. Here it is:

PortSaïd coptic church

Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Société de Géographie, SGE SG WE-284

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