Philatelists will love this one. Bikaner House, Delhi, is hosting a 16-day exhibition on the historical richness of Hyderabad through rare stamps from the Ewari collection. ‘Property of a Gentleman, Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions’ will be on till March 24, and will showcase contribution from the state to the country in the form of stamps that the then princely state produced for 80 years, from 1869 to 1949. India’s senior-most princely state, this particular collection was crafted under the Postmaster General under the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Nawab Iqbal Hussain Khan, and is an iconic one.
An ethereal experience for philatelists as well as those inclined towards history, one can look forward to stamp sheets, individual stamps, letters, revenue stamps, postcards, monograms, seals, and erroneous stamps — all originals, at this exhibit. Not just the practical usage facet, the exhibition also seeks to bring out the cultural influence of these pieces. Different languages, architectural demonstrations, and elaborate calligraphy have been used to emphasise the power of Hyderabad at that point in time.
From the first stamp ever issued by the former state to its last one, be ready to witness a treasure trove of legacy. A variety of stamps that changed and developed over time in terms of size, colour, inscriptions, value, those featuring monuments from the Nizam’s dominion are on display. Even the likes of Penny Black — the world’s first-ever adhesive stamp – the impressive King George VI series portraying different forms of transportation employed to deliver mails, and social stamps released to celebrate the victory of the Allied Powers in the Second World War are on display as well.
All images: Courtesy Ewari Collection
An exhibition showcasing the royal legacy of Hyderabad, how the state pioneered stamps in India, and how that contributed to the country's narrative.