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February 01, 2009

Postage Stamps of the Yellow Fleet

Suez_canal In June of 1967, a convoy of 14 freighters was underway in the Suez Canal, northbound, when war broke out between Israel and Egypt. The canal was officially closed and the ships had to anchor in the Great Bitter Lake. Within three days it became clear that the canal was going to be blockaded for an indefinite amont of time due to the deliberate sinking of vessels. The hostilities entered history books as the Six-Day-War. For the ships it meant almost eight years of forced isolation, imprisoned in the Great Bitter Lake.

During this ordeal, the crew on the ships produced their own postal stamps. (From Metafilter)

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Bauhaus architecture in Israel

Arabic versions of packaging of some consumer products. Taken 1/09 in Dubai

Un-related: An organizer from pre-communist Russia (1918)

A Huge Depository of Unusual Stories from the Middle East Here

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Thanks for the Great Bitter Lake Postal link & story. Amazing & quirky history!

Posted by: Penelope at Feb 4, 2009 12:14:36 PM