|Further information on the withdrawn Telecom Stamp from some of our members.|
Beware: Forged Telecom FDC|
The following has been brought to my attention, and I feel that members should be made aware of a dangerous and expensive forgery. Genuine FDCs exist of the “nine-day stamp” (the October 2004 issue relating to the 150th Anniversary of Egyptian Telecommunications was withdrawn immediately it was realised that Telecom Egypt, the main focus of the stamp’s design, did not reflect the anniversary but had been in operation only for four years; see QC 214, page 52, for the withdrawn stamp and its December replacement) but now forgeries have been detected also.
The genuine cover is 16x11cm, the forgery is 16x11.3cm. The printing of the forgery has a greyish tinge on the yellow of the logo of the cover, and the text on the forgery is “cloudy or hazy” and speckled around the letters. The size of the lettering is larger (with the same font). The forged cancellation is 5.7cm wide, but the original is only 5.2cm. The forged cover I have has a circular “gazelle” logo within the flap. All this denotes that the original FDC was scanned, and reprinted over a genuine stamped blank cover. But somehow the proportions did not come out quite right. I hope members will not to be fooled into purchasing these forgeries, as I have noticed that they are appearing in eBay at enormous prices. I illustrate an FDC.
Member (ESC 251)
|I have obtained a copy of a memo from: The national; Post Organisation, the general administration for financial services and addressed to the director general of postal district central and north.
It read as follows|
Kindly take all necessary steps to stop the sale of the stamps issued to commemorate the Egyptian Company of communications "Telecom Egypt" with the value of 30 piastres. Also collect all the stamps from all post offices and postal stores in your district and return all of them promptly and immediately to the general depots in Nasr City
Consider this very urgent and important
Signed M.Abdel Rahman 12-10-2004
Member (ESC 239)
|Above is the Postal Organization Philatelic Office leaflet issued with the stamp which clearly shows in its title 'Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Telecom Egypt'
In fact the company was only formed a 10 years ago according to the web site of Cairo ICT
….. in 1998 the government formally unbundled the regulatory and operational aspects in ARENTO and established Telecom Egypt (operator) and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (regulator)….
However on Telecom Egypt own web site it repeatedly refers to its 150 celebrations? I quote from the Chairman's letter
I am delighted to welcome you to Telecom Egypt's new website. In our 150th Anniversary year, …….. Over the last 150 years Telecom Egypt has always been at the forefront of Egypt's development and so we have introduced a new link in "About Us" which details all the highlights of these achievements - Click on "150 Years of Service" to take a fascinating walk through history.
Akil Beshir Chairman
On the same web site is found the historical statement
1854 witnessed the birth of Egypt's telecommunications industry. The first telegraph line connecting Cairo and Alexandria was inaugurated early in 1854; forming the company that was later to become Telecom Egypt.
Member (ESC 239)