Parsi related postal stamps released by Postal Authorities
Stamps on Parsis / Parsi related issued by Indian & Other Postal Authorities
1st March, 1958 – 50th Anniversary of Steel Industry, Jamshedji Tata – Steel Plant
First Flight by Air India – owned by Tatas at that time
15th April, 1959 – Sir Jamshetjee Jeejeebhoy (1783-1859), Philanthropist – Death Centenary.
26th January, 1962 – Madame Bhikaiji Cama (Patriot) – Birth Centenary
4th September, 1963 – Dadabhoy Naoroji (Parliamentarian ) Commemoration
7th January, 1965 – Jamsetji Tata (Industrialist) Commemoration.
4th August, 1966 – Dr. Homi Bhabha (Scientist) – Commemoration.
27th May, 1969 – Ardesheer Cursetjee Wadia (Ship Builder ) – Commemorative.
12th October, 1971 – 2500th Anniversary of Charter of Declaration of Cyrus The Great.
15 October 1982 – Civil Aviation in India – 50th Anniversary – J R D Tata & Puss Moth
23rd October, 1984 – Dr D.N.Wadia -Birth Centenary – Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun
29 November 1994 – J.R.D.Tata (Industrialist) – Commemoration
9th February, 1996 – Homi Bhabha – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
4th August 1996 – Sir Pherozeshah Mehta – Philanthropist
15th December, 1997-Jal Cooper- Philatelist
11th July, 1998 – Godrej Centenary – Ardeshir & Pirojshah Godrej
09 Oct 1999 – A D Shroff – India’s march towards progress and development
14th December, 2001 – Pioneer of Indian Institute of Science.
18th December, 2001 – Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw
16th January, 2004 – Nani A. Palkhivala ( Eminent Jurist )
22nd April, 2008 -Tata Steel – 100 Years
1st March, 2009 – Homi Bhabha (Scientist)
1st March, 2009 – J. R. D. Tata (Industrialist and Philanthropist)
23rd December, 2010 – 100 Years of Central Bank of India
3rd May, 2013 – 100 Years of Indian Cinema – Sohrab Modi ( Actor)
19th December, 2015 – Zoroastrian Atash Baheram, Udvada (Gujarat) A special cover on Zoroastrian Atash Behram, Udvada was released by Shri Macwan, Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices, Valsad in the presence of eminent Parsis viz. Mrs. Homai Engineer, CMD and Mr. Rohinton Engineer Tech. Director of Industrial Boiler Ltd., Vapi.
Compiled by Mahernosh Damania
Some more which have been added from other sources
Dadabhai Naoroji – 1993
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research – 1996
Indian Institute of Science – 2008
Tata Memorial Centre – 1991
Zubin Mehta, 2007, Austria – not India
10th June, 2016: A commemorative postage stamp on TATA POWER
16 December 2009 – Special Cover for DPYA School
2009 – 150 years of Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School – Karachi
Dinshaw B Avari – Philanthropist – Pakistan – December 2016
India Post dedicated a stamp on Dadabhai Naoroji, an independence
stalwart, celebrating his 100th death anniversary in Ahmedabad on 29th December 2017 by Gujarat Governor along with officials n community members Stamp was long overdue.
A few stamps from Iran – courtesy – http://www.farsinet.com/tambr/norooz1.html
Some more updates from Iran and Tajikistan
Some more stamps from Pakistan
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FINALLY A LIST I ALWAYS WANTED OF THE POSTAL STAMPS.. HOW DO I GO ABOUT BUYING USED OR MINT ANY OR ALL. PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH PRICE. ALSO J.N.TATA NEW COIN
someone fr our community must try and collect these stamps and sell them to the community for the posterity or else peoples memory is very short and next generation may ask us who was JRD and who was Homi Bhabha?
Many will be willing to pay a good price for this comilation, if need be one can take help fr the postal authorities.
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I thank you very much for your email of 11-05-2016. I am thankful to viewers for their comments and some of them are very educative and encouraging.
While compiling, I missed one of the greatest economist, banker our community Mr. Ardeshir Darabshah Shroff. I have revised the list incorporating the
same. One of the comment is from Ms. Devyani Prabhu inquiring about Indian stamp issued on Mr. Zubin Mehta.
Inspired by Ms. Prabhu’s comments, I could find out that Indian Postal authority has not issued stamp on Mr. Zubin Mehta but Maldiv and Austria has issued
Issued stamps on Mr. Zubin Mehta. Though government of India has honoured the great musician with prestigious Padma Shri and Padma Visbhushan Award.
Ironically Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mr. Zubin Mehta had performed concert to commemorate 200 years of General Post Office at Mumbai.
From my study it is very surprising that Indian Postal Authority do not honour person when alive, as almost all stamps are issued posthumously.
I admit that I am collecting stamps as hobby and not professional philatelist and collecting such stamps takes years together and one have to have lot of
patience. Children should be encouraged to take stamp collection as hobby taking subject of their interest such as animal, birds, personalities etc.
In case if you consider worthwhile please upload on your net giving credit to all the viewers for their useful comments.
Thanks & Regards,
M. D. Damania
I have added A D Shroff’s stamp at the appropriate place. I also added a stamp of Air India’s first flight to India.
If any readers can suggest more appropriate additions to the list, I will be delighted to add them.
USA had issued a stamp in honour of 2500 years of zorostrianism I’ll try to find again and see if i can transmit it
Thankyou for the information. Would be interested in healthy exchange of stamps.
Do you want to exchange any of the above used or mint stamps of parsis from your collection ?
to,burzin or mehernosh,
i am unable to exchange parsis stamps(out of india 43 years), but i can give you a lot of other countries .i dont set the terms. let me know , i wil send first. I have mint(CANADA ,AUST. USA(FEW). USED FRANCE GERMANY, UK. ROMANIA CHINA SWEDEN( ETC). i AM NOT A COLLECTOR JUST A HOARDER . i WANT PARSIS STAMPS. WAITING FOR A REPLY
WE PARSIS ARE RIGHTFULLY PROUD OF OUR RICH HERITAGE & GRATEFULLY ACNOWLEDGE THE KIND RECOGNITION ACCORDED TO US BY THE INDIAN GOVT. & OUR GENUINELY TOLERANT & BELOVED BRETHREN OF ALL COMMUNITIES.
I have a lot of respect for the Parsi community.. This collection of Indian stamps is simply mind-blowing and would love to have them all in my collection!
rare stamps of India
A very nice collection n compilation of Parsi postal stamps but u have missed some postal stamps of Parsi dignatories such as postal stamps of Firoz Gandhi, some Parsi sports person, some Parsi famous Cricketers, founder n establisher of the Union Bank of India, Some Parsi Hoteliers n businessman, some Parsi filmmakers such as Mr. Nariman n also the director n producer of first Indian movie n the director n producer of the series of movies starrer fearless Nadia the Australian origin actress she was famous for the action stunts in movies in that era, n also some musicians n music arranger who worked n served to Indian Hindi cinema n music, some Indian Parsi women who worked as a great actress n dancer in that era also. Thanks u should search n add all these honourable persons stamp in ur collection so we common people can see it n have their digital collection through this post.
Thanks for your comments. I have searched thoroughly all possible sources but couldn’t find any stamp issued by Indian Postal Authority on Firoze Gandhi, any Parsi cricketer, hotelier, film maker Nariman except Sohrab Modi. In case if you have any correct information please inform me even year of issue to find out such stamps.
Well done on the compilation of Parsi related stamps Mehernosh. I too am a collector of Parsi (and Bombay) stamp but thanks to you I find that I am missing a few (will keep a lookout for those to complete my collection). And I also have a huge collection of Parsi and Bombay postcards – a couple of articles in UK’s Postcard Monthly a few years back. As you may have guessed I have my Parsi roots in Bombay though I have spent my past 60 years or so in the UK. You may wish to know that a few years ago GB issued a set of musician stamps which included a Freddie Mercury stamp. II wonder if stamps of Rajiv and Sanjay Gandhi into this category! Keep up the good work – and keep hunting!
Hi Bomi, if you could scan the stamps in your collection, and send them to us, we can add them to this list to make it richer and more complete.
HI YAZDI AND BOMI, GOOD THEME YOU GOT ON PARSIS AND STAMPS. ON JUNE 8TH 2016 POSTAGE INDIA ISSUED A STAMP ON TATA POWER face value Rs.5.00. CAN YOU GET A DEALER ‘S NAME WHO WOULD DEAL DIRECTLY FOR STAMPS MOSTLY MINT AND FDC
Mint stamp of Tata Power, first day cover and leaflet
You may get it from GPO, Mumbai. Dealer will charge you more.
M D Damania
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I selute the grate community, who has given such a grate and ligend personalities to india
It is great that Pakistan has also recognised Parsi Community. I shall be thankful if any one from Pakistan can send me mint stamps, first day covers with literatures on
(1) Bai Virbaiji Sopariwala Parsi High School, Karanchi on 150 years of glorious existence &
(2) Dinshaw B. Avari, Philanthropist – Hotelier, Pakistan issued in December, 2016. My efforts with GPO, Pakistan did yeild any result. Needless to say that I shall reimburse the cost and also shipping cost etc.
In case any collector from Pakistan is interested in exchanging similar stamps from India I shall be obliged to do so. Thanks M. D. Damania
I am a stamp collector from Pakistan. My advice would be to check eBay. You will get everything there.
If you need any particular Pakistan stamp let me know on my email
Thanks for information. With help of Parsees of Pakistan, I could get stamps released by Pakistan Postal Authorities.
1. Bai Virbai Soparisala Parsi High School, Karachi- 150 years issued on 23-05-2009
2. Dinshaw B. Avari – Philanthropist (1902-1988) issued on 18-12-2016.
3. 100 years of Mama Parsi Girls’ Secondary School, Karachi (1918-2018)- issued on 24-07-2018.
As per request of readers I am in process of preparing catalogue with brief details of person/institution for which stamp is issued. One of NGO in USA is using this in their religious class and requested for brief details of stamps so that our children know about our illustrious personality and institutions. M D Damania
Do let me know how can I be helpful to you.
As mentioned earlier, I am also on ebay by the name simonthebichon
Check if any item interests you.
The Parsi related postal stamps that you have given are very good, I like your blog.
Thanks for your information.
ITS A FEW MONTHS, THE TOPIC OF PARSEE STAMPS IS GOING ON BUT NONE HAS COME FORWARD TO OFFER SAME. I AM OUTSIDE INDIA SINCE 1972 AND MY PAYMENT WILL BE IN ADVANCE . I WOULD LIKE MINT , USED, FDC . ALSO OF PAKISTAN, GREAT BRITAIN, (IRAN, USA ON ZOROASTRIANISM.) NAME YOUR PRICE.
Please contact for stamps issued from Pakistan at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have already this stamps collection if anybody interested pl contacts us
I certainly am interested. We live in Bangalore. My email add:email@example.com
In return, would you prefer cash compensation or some very ancient Indian punch-die coins ?
Please check :
i am in canada ,are parsis stamps for sale. used and mint.
The list was very interesting, Mr Damania. Thank you for compiling it.
Smallest community of the World has contributed hands & hands full of health wealth & happiness, but nobody has bothered even to look upon them. The smallest community without a single penny of donations can charity so much for the whole planet but, can the people on the planet even charity their appreciations for their works contributed?
Excellent effort ! Keep it up- Tester
Great Collections & Information on Philanthropist of Yester Years in History connected with Parsi Community👍
Iplease send me Mr Yazdi Tantra’s email id preferably contCt No. Thanks
Why no postal stamp of Sanjan Stumbh ? If there is request you to please share.