On the stamp the Suez Canal goes up the west side of the western
breakwater into the Mediterranean. In fact, it goes up the east side
of the western breakwater, so that the canal passes between Port Said
and Port Fuad.
The stamp was issued in
1956 to celebrate the nationalization of the Canal. The French
inscriptions say, "Nationalization of Suez Canal Co. Guarantees
Freedom of Navigation." The stamp was reissued in 1957 with the
inscriptions in English, and the addition of "Reopening 1957."