Gujral Foundation and Guli Art Foundation organised an exhibition called “Property of a Gentleman – Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions” from 9th to 24th March at Bikaner House in New Delhi. The exhibition displayed a wide collection of postal stamps, envelopes, documents and photographs of the Nizam era that were put together by the Ewari family. The last and seventh Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, one of his grandsons Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, and other family members of the Nizam were extremely delighted to take a look at the historical material presented at the exhibition.
The collection maintains the legacy of the Post Master General in the Government of Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur Nizam VII, Nawab Iqbal Hussain Khan. Apart from Hyderabad stamps that were presented in chronological order, the collection contains three million world stamps like the rare Penny Black which is the first adhesive postage stamp in the world.
Nawab Najaf Ali Khan said that Hyderabad issued its own stamps from 1869 to 1949 under the Asaf Jahi rule. He also added by noting that postage stamps played a vital role back in those days not only for communication but also for revenue generation, taxation and to meet other fiscal demands.
The organisers of the exhibition tried to create a wonderful ambience by displaying architectural wonders of Hyderabad and custom-made lead boxes in which the stamps were placed.
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