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Egypt Through Time: Photographs From 1800-2013

The Pyramids in 1880.

The Pyramids in 1880.

Since the 2011 revolution, old photographs of Egypt and classic films showing an elegant and prosperous Egyptian society have sporadically appeared on social networks. Essentially, many are searching to learn and be inspired by the past in order to build a brighter future.  Below, is a collection of photographs of Egypt (mainly from Cairo and Alexandria) taken between the 1800s and present day.

1800s

The Citadel in Cairo in 1870

The Citadel in Cairo in 1870

'Old' Cairo in the 1870s with the Citadel in the background

‘Old’ Cairo in the 1870s with the Citadel in the background

Alexandria in 1875

Alexandria in 1875

Near the Pyramids in 1875.

Near the Pyramids in 1875.

Lower Egypt, 1885

Lower Egypt, 1885

Abdeen Square in 1892

Abdeen Square in 1892

Qasr Al-Nil Bridge near Tahrir Square 1880-1890s

Qasr Al-Nil Bridge near Tahrir Square 1880-1890s

1900-1939

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Cairo’s French District in 1900-1910

Tahrir in the 1900s

Tahrir Square in 1900s

The National Bank of Cairo in 1910

The National Bank of Cairo in 1910

Cairenes in 1920s

King Farouk and his sisters in the 1930s

The view from Mokattam (Cairo) in 1920

The view from Mokattam (Cairo) in 1920

Hotel Cecil in Alexandria in 1920. This was a luxury hotel, highly renowned at the time.

Hotel Cecil in Alexandria in 1920. This was a luxury hotel, highly renowned at the time.

Karnak Temple Entrance 1920 (Luxor)

Karnak Temple Entrance 1920 (Luxor)

Cairo Railway Station 1920s

Cairo Railway Station 1920s

A street in Cairo, 1929

A street in Cairo, 1929

Fouad Street, Cairo in 1935

Fouad Street, Cairo in 1935

Alexandria's Korniche in 1935

Alexandria’s Korniche in 1935

A street peddler in 1935

A street peddler in 1935

1940-1999

A Cairo Street in 1941

A Cairo Street in 1941

Pedestrians in Cairo, 1941

Pedestrians in Cairo, 1941

A military plane flies over the Pyramids in 1942

A military plane flies over the Pyramids in 1942

Rolls Royce cars at the Royal Abdeen Palace in 1940s

Rolls Royce cars at the Royal Abdeen Palace in 1940s

A Cairo street in 1954

A Cairo street in 1954

Alexandria's Stanley Beach in the 1950s

Alexandria’s Stanley Beach in the 1950s

Beach-goers in the 1950s

Beach-goers in the 1950s

Tahrir Square in 1960

Tahrir Square in 1960

Alexandria's Korniche in 1960

Alexandria’s Korniche in 1960

Louis Armstrong and his wife at the Pyramids in 1961

Louis Armstrong and his wife at the Pyramids in 1961

Ramsees Square in the 1960s

Ramsees Square in the 1960s

A female traffic officer (normally after-school volunteers) in the 1960s

A female traffic officer (normally after-school volunteers) in the 1960s

The re-assembling of Abu Simbel in 1968

The re-assembling of Abu Simbel in 1968

Former Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat and Former US President Richard Nixon at the Pyramids in 1974

Former Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat and Former US President Richard Nixon at the Pyramids in 1974

Tahrir Square, 1975

Tahrir Square, 1975

Present Day

The Nile River, 2000s

The Nile River

Restaurants on the Nile River

Restaurants on the Nile River

A sunset in Cairo, 2013

A sunset in Cairo

Near Khan El-Khalili

Near Khan El-Khalili

The Pyramids and the Sphinx

The Pyramids and the Sphinx

Concrete jungle (Cairo)?

Concrete jungle (Cairo)?

An ottoman period mosque located across the 14th-century madrasa in Khan El-Khalili

An ottoman period mosque located across the 14th-century madrasa in Khan El-Khalili

Shali in Siwa Oasis

Shali in Siwa Oasis

Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011

Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011

Tahrir Square on July 3, 2013

Tahrir Square on July 3, 2013. Credit: Ian Lee

[Photographs sourced from various locations – many without credits. Some sources include Egypt Zaman, The Denver Post, LIFE, and The New York Public Library]

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9 Comments on Egypt Through Time: Photographs From 1800-2013

  1. Constantine Zannis // April 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm // Reply

    I am Greek, and I was born in Cairo, the same like my father and my grandfather.
    I left in 1960 for studies and my family followed in 1965 and 1967.
    I still miss MY Egypt. The one I knew when I was a child. The tolerant non-veiled Egypt.
    It is not the old souvenirs that make things look ideal and much better than what they used to be. We lived in a certain harmony and enjoyed what could and should have been a paradise and I truly believe that this generous and tolerant country was a real melting pot of many civilizations. At least for persons and nationalities that wanted to live in friendly relations.
    As for the lady who mentions “My family was kicked out of Egypt because we are Jews.” I’m sorry for her, because many of my childhood friends left the country that same period and I never met then again, but I’d like to remind her, because in 1956 I was 13 years old, that she was eventually deported not because she was Jew, but most probably because she was either a French or a British citizen, after the three-partite aggression in Suez. For years I was not feeling “friendly” after we left OUR EGYPT, but for God’s sake, we have to be honest at least with our selves.
    God bless Egypt for what it did offer to all of us.

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  2. Here is a link to Cairo photos from 1952 to 1956 http://www.coug.net/egyptphotos

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  3. Amazing!

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  4. you’re ignorant. and you’re probably the one who doesn’t shower. 🙂

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  5. amazing

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  6. Now all the Women have a tent over their head, muslim men have long beards and dont shower. The Streets are dirty and smelly.

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    • And where are you getting this exactly? CNN?

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    • Unfortunately you’re partly true. Things are declining so fast in good old Egypt.. I still have hope for a turnaround though. Never loose hope.

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    • Who told you that muslim men have long breads and don’t shower ! am muslim men and i don;t have long breads and i don’t think that i have to tell how many showers i took per day ! Also not all women have a tent over their head… i believe that you are watching Egypt from the side you want to see it.
      You are watching them through CNN BBC ! i think that you have to see Egypt from different side.

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