Sunday Stamps: U- UNESCO and UAR

Sunday Stamps this week features the letter U

U like ….UNESCO or UAR- I found some matching stamps which combines the both.

I love the UNESCO world heritage– who doesn’t know about UNESCO should check out the complete list.

UNESCO world heritage site

The two stamps are showing the UNESCO world heritage: Monuments of Nubia.

First stamp is from 1959 and shows the Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

Second stamp is from 1964 and shows Horus in front of the Nefertari Temple at Abu Simbel.

Abu Simbel is located in the south of Egypt, at the border with Sudan. Did you know that the Temples of Abu Simbel were forgotten and covered with sand? In the 19 th century British archeologists found them and started to uncover them. Then in 1960s UNESCO started the biggest campaign to save the Temples from rising waters of the nearby lake. They deconstructed the Temples stone by stone and builded it again on a higher place. It was the biggest campaign in the history of UNESCO.

Abu Simbel is one of the hottest places in Egypt. In summer the average temperature is about 40 degree celsius.

UAR – United Arab Republic

UAR – stands for United Arab Republic. The UAR only existed 1958 until 1961 and was a political union between Egypt and Syria. It was a real state and the hope for building a much bigger union between the arabic states. But this hope was an illusion and Syria realized, that Egypt only wanted to rule over Syria for their profit. The capital was Kairo and all influence was from Egypt.

Syria was leaving the UAR in 1961 with a uprising of Syrian army and the result was the Syrian independence and the restoration of the „Syrian Republic“.

Egypt kept the name United Arab Republic for themselves, until 1971. Then Egypt changed their name into „Arabic Republic of Egypt“. This is why you can find stamps with the UAR until 1971.

Philatelic Stories


Welcome to Philatelic Stories!

I want to take you on an adventure with me: Exploring the stories behind stamps, cards and letters.

Mostly I will write in english, because I love the idea of connecting and exchanging thoughts and stories all over the world. But as English is not my first language, I am sorry for errors in spelling and grammar.

Let me introduce myself:

I am a female collector of stamps, cards and letters. I love everything connected with vintage and history. I do not collect to have a collection, but to learn about the world and to discover the stories behind. I am interested in storytelling and writing. I would say, that I am a poet. I write poetry for fun and I love to see the world in a poetic sense. I enjoy life, traveling and experiencing other cultures. I am born in Germany and at the moment I am located in Austria.

But my second home is Tunisia. I am in love with North Africa and I live some month of the year there. This is why my special interest in collecting turns out to be North Africa.

There are different definitions of which countries are included, but for me and my interest this would mainly be:

Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia, Egypt

But I love also other countries with arabian culture and I love to discover interesting mail from all over the world. On this site, I will not only show you my favorite countries, but stamps, letters and stories from all over the world.

I love to connect traveling, history, storytelling and stamp collecting.

map from 1815

Favorite Ressources:

Here I will share some of my favorite resources. Every time I discover something interesting, I will add it here.

World wide stamp database:

Stamp/ postcards community: (german)

History of North Africa/ Middle East: 

Postal History of Tunisia:


Albert Hourani: A History of the Arab Peoples

Edward W. Said: Orientalism

Woman traveling in the Middle East: 


Getrude Bell: A Woman in Arabia- The Writings of the Queen of the Desert

Getrude Bell: Complete Letters

Jane Fletcher Geniesse: Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark

Freya Stark: The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut