State of Oman Cinderella
Around 1968 the “State of Oman” issued stamps with a map of the
Arabian peninsula and a dromedary camel. The stamps issued by an unrecognized
country are commonly known as “Cinderellas.” The map on the stamp
shows seasonal watercourses known as wadis, the Green Mountain area on
the north-east coast, the town of Hazwah, the Arab Gulf, the Oman
Coast and the Arab Sea. The rebel “State of Oman” was based in the Green
Mountain area of Oman and the region of Dhufar south of Oman. That
probably accounts for the identification of the Green Mountains, and
Hazwa which was the rebel capitol.
From the time of Strabo (65 b.c.-21 a.d.) and Ptolemy
(ca. 100-ca 178) the area north of the Strait of Hormuz was known as
the Persian Gulf. In the 1960s it became known in the Arab world as
the “Arab Gulf,” with, of course, objections from Iran. The error is
that on the stamp the designation is given as the Arab Golf.