Greek stamps were first issued in 1861, 21 years after the release of the world’s first stamp in England (8.5.1840) and a year before the ousting of Otto (1862), thus marking the beginning of reborn Greece.
The stamp is the node, where in an artistically given miniature art, the state will, the ideology and the simple everyday life meet. Famous for their artistic value and sought after by philatelists worldwide, the first Greek editions of the Great Heads of Hermes, designed in France by Albert Barre, son of Jacques-Jean Barre, engraver of the first French letters.
Through the history of stamps one can go through all the political and ideological fluctuations of our country, all the great events that determined the general history of the place and the daily life of the people in all its aspects.
The First Olympic Games of Athens of 1896, the Balkan Wars, revolutions and coups, the National Resistance, the Kingdom, the Dictatorship, the Democracy, the European course, the industrialization, the reconstruction after the Second World War, the ancient art, the Byzantine and the newest, Greek architecture, painting, cinema, great personalities of the arts and politics, Greek nature with its rare flora and fauna, up to popular culture, and many other themes in commemorative or thematic series are exhibited and preserved in Philatelic and Postal Museum.