Stamps from Hyderabad Nizams’ era on first-ever show

Stamps from Hyderabad Nizams’ era on first-ever show
March 12 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 3/12/2019 12:11:18 PM IST

 The world’s first postage stamp, the British ‘Penny Black’ of 1840, and a collection of over 150 rare postal stamps from Hyderabad of the Nizams - - offering an insight into the postal system of the erstwhile princely state - are currently on view in New Delhi for the first time.

Exhibited at the Bikaner House, the show of stamps, postcards, letters and other ephemera is titled “Property of A Gentleman: Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions”. It presents rarities from the Ewari Family Collection.

The collection, comprising 3 million stamps, dates back to the Postmaster General Nawab Iqbal Hussain Khan under Hyderabad’s seventh and last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali. Carried forward by his grandson, the collection is represented by 158-odd stamps here in its first-ever display anywhere.

Hyderabad, one of the earliest princely states to adopt stamps, printed its own stamps from 1869 onwards until it became a part of the Indian Union in 1949.

It, however, could not use the human figure on its stamps being a traditional Muslim state. “So, unlike other countries that use the monograms of the rulers -- and even Penny Black which has the Queen’s face on it -- Hyderabad could not do it,” the show’s curator Pramod Kumar K.G. told IANS.

Endowed with rich architecture, landscapes and cultural heritage sites including Ajanta Ellora caves, architecture was the next natural choice.


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