18 Apr 2018

SingPost commemorates early trades of Singapore with new stamp issue

SingPost’s Early trades of Singapore stamp set
Issuance Date: 18 April 2018

SINGAPORE, 18 April 2018 – Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) today launched a new set of stamps that recalls four trades that were common in the early days of Singapore.

Samsui women, with their trademark red headscarves, were a common sight at construction sites in Singapore from the mid-1930s. Most had come to Singapore from the Sanshui district of Guangdong province in southern China and are seen to be thrifty and resilient individuals who helped build Singapore’s infrastructure.
From the second half of the 19th century, Sikhs from Punjab, India were recruited to serve as policemen and security personnel in the Straits Settlements. The Sikh Police Contingent was established in Singapore in 1881 and was highly regarded by the British until it was disbanded in 1945. Sikhs who did not work in the colonial police forces often found employment as security guards and watchmen for banks, warehouses, and school compounds.
Orang Laut refers collectively to tribes of nomadic “sea people” which traversed the Malay Archipelago and were one of the earlier immigrants to Singapore during pre-colonial days. These sea tribes typically lived off long dwelling boats and made a living as fishermen, boatmen, and rowers.
Coolies were unskilled labourers who formed the backbone of Singapore’s earliest labour force. They were employed in almost every type of work during the colonial era, often employed in mines, ports, plantations, construction sites and as rickshaw pullers. Mainly immigrants driven by poverty in China to seek a better life in Singapore, they endured grim living conditions and earned very little.
The Early Trades of Singapore stamps come in four denominations: 1st Local, 60 cents, 90 cents and $1.30. Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps are
available at $4.60 each.

The stamps will go on sale from 18 April 2018 at all post offices, the Philatelic Store @ GPO and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. They may also be purchased online at https://shop.singpost.com/.


Other Stamp Information

Date of Issue: 18 April 2018
Denominations: 1st Local, 60 cents, 90 cents, $1.30
Stamp Size: 40mm x 30mm
Collector’s Sheet Size: 145mm x 70mm
Perforation: 13
Paper: Unwatermarked
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Printer: Thai British Security Printing
Sheet Content: 10 stamps per sheet
Designer: Lim An-ling

First Day Cover (without stamps): $0.50*
Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with stamps: $4.60*
Presentation Pack : $5.65*
Collector’s Sheet (comes with folder) $10.00*

* Prices inclusive of GST for purchases within Singapore.

About Singapore Post Limited

For over 150 years, Singapore Post (SingPost) as the country’s postal service provider, has been delivering trusted and reliable services to homes and businesses in Singapore.

Today, SingPost is pioneering and leading in eCommerce logistics as well as providing innovative mail and logistics solutions in Singapore and around the world, with operations in 19 markets.

Building on its trusted communications through domestic and international postal services, SingPost is taking the lead in end-to-end integrated and digital mail solutions. The suite of SingPost eCommerce logistics solutions includes front end web management, warehousing and fulfilment, last mile delivery and international freight forwarding.

Media Contact

Bryan Lee
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Email: bryanlee@singpost.com