Article number: 1396
Posted from Cairo and dated 14.1.1900, with Thomas Cook given as the address, the firm being the pioneers of commercial travel in Egypt.
Coloured picture postcard, depicting a Nile Scene at Memphis, with a large decorative inset of the Great Pyramid, with c. 25 lines of text neatly written by Selma Lagerlöf in ink around the illustrated area. With two stamps which an ill-advised stamp collector has attempted to cut out, with skilful repairs to the affected area.
In 1885–95 Selma Lagerlöf worked as a girl-school teacher in Landskrona in the south of Sweden. Her colleague Amanda Oom was possibly her closest friend and was the first to review Gösta Berlings saga (1891) – anonymously – in the Landskrona press.
In the present letter Lagerlöf describes her stay in Cairo with visits to ministers and “The Queens”, she is surprised to find them dressed in the European fashion. Lagerlöf is about to move to a hotel close to the pyramids for a few days, after which she intends to travel upstream by boat to Assuan, and then continue to Palestine.
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