15 Interesting Facts
Singapore Post Limited is known for delivering mail and packages throughout Singapore, but did you know the quickest postmen in the world are probably in Singapore (Straits Times Report of 15 December 2008)?
Here are 15 interesting facts that you might not have known about Singapore's postal services!
- First postmark recorded in 1829. It was in black, rectangular and with bevelled corners.
- First mail steamer, the Lady Mary Wood arrived in Singapore from London on 4 August 1845, bringing mail for the Straits Settlements and China.
- Postage stamps used for the first time in 1855. These were Indian stamps inscribed in the denomination of Indian currency and overprinted with diamond dots to indicate that they were sold in Singapore. However, for the first nine years, stamps were not sold at the Post Office but by a clerk in the Resident Councillor's Office.
- First airmail was despatched from Singapore on 5 October 1928. It was sent by sea to Marseilles and thence to London by air.
- First mobile post office operating in an international airport, Post-on-Wheels (or PoWee) commenced operations in 2009.
- Premiered the first-in-the-world beaded stamp in 2008, which embodies the richness of the Peranakan culture.
- All the 800-odd posting boxes in Singapore are equipped with the electronic system to enhance mail security since 2009.
- First-of-its-kind delivery service in an Asian airport, Speedpost@Changi gives passengers option to post back hand-carried items disallowed on board flights in January 2010.
- In the past 15 years, the cost of a local postage stamp increased by 4 cents - 10 times lower than the increase of feeder bus fare. Part of the increase was to cover the Goods and Services Tax introduced in 1994.
- Over 8,500 non-mail items such as wallets, passports, driving licences etc were found in our posting boxes in 2010, and were returned to the relevant organisations where possible.
- The oldest post office Singapore today is Geylang (opened in 1930).
- The most isolated posting box is located on Pulau Ubin which is 2 km north east of Singapore.
- Every day, SingPost handles over 2.8 million mail items, and more than 85% are automatically sorted to postmen's delivery sequence.
- Each postman covers an average of 20 km daily. In total, our postmen cover about 10,400 km in a single day, and in less than four days, they would have gone round the globe once.
- More than 200 services and products are offered at the post offices, SAM and vPOST.
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