Q63 May 2009    member 118

Railway Station postmarks

These are commonly found on mail posted, for example, at "Cairo Station", "Mansura Station", and many others. Unlike the other, so called, Proprietary Post Offices (eg all the Hotels, Seamen's Home, Simon Arzt) they are not listed in the official Post Office Guides, at least, not in those of 1911 and 1932 I have access to. At one time I thought that the Railway offices were just there for collection of simple mail, but recently I have found a Registered cover with the CDS of Sidi Bishr Station, 24 OC 41, and also the ink pad Registration cachet of Sidi Bishr Station. Why are these Station Post Offices not listed ?

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