10 Vintage Photos of Egypt in the mid-1900s

In the mid-1900s Egypt was a very different country than it is today, in many ways more progressive and liberal. Egypt had just gained independence in 1953 and formed the Republic of Egypt. Bobbed and bee-hived hair-dos were all the rage. Vespas were a common mod of transportation. Cairo’s wide boulevards were not congested with traffic. It was a country socially looking forward, pushing for greater rights for women, children and minorities. The arts were flourishing in Egypt. Egyptian cinema was the third largest film business in the world. Cairo was considered a hub for artists, scholars, business men and women, and vacationers looking to enjoy the history and Arab culture in a growing, modernizing city. Here are 10 vintage photographs to transport you back to this bygone era in Egypt.

10 Vintage Photos from Egypt’s Roaring mid-1900s

Nasser and his family setting dress trends across the country. Photo: Wikipedia
Nasser and his family setting dress trends across the country. Photo: Wikipedia.

 

A 1950 Vespa advertisement with the Cairo Citadel in the background. Photo: Egyptian Streets.
A 1950 Vespa advertisement with the Cairo Citadel in the background. Photo: Egyptian Streets.

 

Tahrir Square in the mid-1950s was a beautiful park. A far cry from today's Tahrir Square which is a busy intersection for many of Cairo main artery streets. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Tahrir Square in the mid-1950s was a beautiful park. A far cry from today’s Tahrir Square which is a busy intersection for many of Cairo main artery streets. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

 

In 1956, Egyptian women volunteer for the military. Photo: Egyptian Streets.
In 1956, Egyptian women volunteer for the military. Photo: Egyptian Streets.

 

In the 1960s, a female traffic officer directing traffic on the streets of Cairo. Photo: Egyptian Streets.
In the 1960s, a female traffic officer directing traffic on the streets of Cairo. Photo: Egyptian Streets.

 

Cairo in 1950. Photo: Egyptian Streets
Cairo in 1950. Photo: Egyptian Streets.

 

Golfing on Zamalek Island in front of the Cairo tower. Mid-1900s. Photo: Prime Magazine.
Golfing on Zamalek Island in front of the Cairo tower. Mid-1900s. Photo: Prime Magazine.

 

Coca Cola taking Egypt by storm. Photo: Adonis Diaries.
Coca Cola taking Egypt by storm. Photo: Adonis Diaries.
Miss Egypt in 1956. Photo: Egyptian Streets.
Miss Egypt in 1956. Photo: Egyptian Streets.

 

Egyptian Woman working in the TeleMisr factory. Women comprised half of the factory workers in the 1960s. Photo: Time magazine.
Egyptian Woman working in the TeleMisr factory. Women comprised half of the factory workers in the 1960s. Photo: Life magazine.

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