In 1837, British Postmaster Sir Rowland Hill proposed several postage reforms, one of which was the creation of the postage stamp. The first postage stamp was issued in England in 1840 and bore the photo of Queen Victoria. Other countries soon followed and postage stamps became integral components of postal services around the world. Illustrations of leading personalities, famed cities and historical events were placed on postage stamps.
Stamps quickly became universal images evoking wonder and awe. Thus, Philately, the hobby of stamp collecting and the study of stamps was born. To this day philately unites generations and continues to capture the attention of young and old.
In 2014, the Oman Philatelic Society was established. The aim of the Society is to document Omani postage stamps. The Society focusses on studying cultural and aesthetic features of stamps and represents the Sultanate in regional philatelic exhibitions.
Faris Al-Farsi, an Omani philatelist, describes Omani postage stamps saying, ‘The most important images found on Omani stamps are of ancient history. The stamps reflect the beauty of history and you find decorated stamps with paintings of traditional adornments, Omani aflaj or dhows and unique landmarks of the Sultanate.’