Souvenir of a Revolution

From the first days of the revolution in Egypt, vendors began selling souvenirs of ongoing events—flags, T-shirts, and more. Hamada, who came to Cairo from Upper Egypt, is one of them.

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Souvenir of a Revolution

A few days after 25 January 2011, the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, street vendors began selling a new type of merchandise. Where once people had stalls carrying models of the pyramids and imitation antiquities, vendors began to sell the Egyptian flag—in all sizes. Soon, those on Tahrir Square added other products, such as 25 January stickers and posters, key-rings bearing the colors of the Egyptian flag, photos of the martyrs, ‘Go Away’ signs (for Mubarak), T-Shirts, and more. Over the following months, the merchandise changed according to the particular needs of protestors—politics was not the issue. Such objects sold by the million, all over Egypt. Even if people hadn’t been working as souvenir vendors before, they set up stalls offering flags and mementoes of the revolution.

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