If you want to see how Egypt looked like in the bygone years, this website
has a lot of pictures. It's in French but the pictures there are worth a thousand words. Most of them however are over 100 years old, I like Egypt more in the 30s,40s, and 50s. This was the period of our golden age, when we were living in a much better socioeconomic state despite a corrupt monarchy and colonialism.
(hattip: Martin Kramer