In 1840 the world’s first stamp featured an image of Queen Victoria. This introduction initiated the tradition of stamps bearing the images of newly appointed monarchs and presidents. Stamps featuring pictures of heads of state abound in tyrannical countries. This way all national celebrations and notable events become associated with the leaders and their achievements.
The Syrian revolution has popularized the issuing of stamps attributed to the movement. These stamps resemble official commemorative stamps, but they serve as visual chronicles of revolution’s outstanding events. They honor its figures, its martyrs, activists, and the people- Syrian or not- whose actions or statements have influenced supporters of the revolution. These stamps are not published but remain virtual, carried through modern social networks.
Formally published or not, these stamps comprise an integral form of the revolution’s creativity and constitute a principal part of its legacy.