New Project: Indian History Through Stamps

Recently, while on holiday, we saw a small little post office operating out of a garage in a village near B.R. Hills. My son wanted to see if they sold post cards, like they used to during my childhood but the postal worker was amused. No one came by asking for postcards any more. He pulled out an envelope from his drawer and laid out strips of colourful stamps. You can choose a stamp, he said. No one I know uses the postal system to communicate personal messages anymore. Most of these stamps that the postman in B.R. Hills showed us will probably go unused. It is a real pity.

Lal Pratap Singh was a leader in the Indian
Rebellion in 1857.He is forgotten by most
people, but not by the Indian Postal Service.
P.C – India Post

Independent India’s postal service began issuing stamps from 1947. Since then, India has produced stamps covering a marvellous range of themes. We have stamps celebrating institutions, art, architecture and music, flora and fauna as well as accomplished individuals throughout our country’s history. This year, I would like to go through the catalogue of stamps and write stories inspired by these stamps.

I will write stories inspired by stamps released every year by the India Post, starting from 1947. But since I cannot cover every single stamp released, I will focus on the ones that catch my eye or that have a story that I hadn’t known earlier. I am excited to see where it will lead us.

The first set of pieces will be on the very first stamp released by Independent India – The National Flag.

3 thoughts on “New Project: Indian History Through Stamps

  1. Ambica Gulati February 28, 2022 / 5:55 pm

    Though we know postcards are dead, there was always something so personal about them. And there are so many templates on the web related to postcards. Just shows only the form changes and not the concept.

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    • Untaught Historian February 28, 2022 / 9:09 pm

      Bookshops and gift shops in tourist areas still sell them, which tells me that people are still sending each other post cards from their various travels. This gives me hope for the medium

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  2. I. J. Khanewala March 9, 2022 / 2:31 pm

    Everything passes, and it was inevitable that letters would eventually be replaced. But the history of history through postage stamps is a wonderful project. I’m glad you started it.

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