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[Stamps] Singapore Posts: Past Street Scenes (May 2014) June 1, 2014

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Singpost Stamps Past Street Scene Presentation Pack

Singpost launched a series of stamps to depict the street scene in the past.  These new high-value definitive stamps is named “Past Street Scenes”.  With the artistic interpretation of yesteryear are the wet market ($1), transportation ($2), Chinese Opera or Wayang ($5) and night street market ($10).

Singpost Stamps Past Street Scene StampsSingpost Stamps Past Street Scene First Day Cover CancelledPre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with stamps ($20)

Singpost Stamps Past Street Scene First Day Cover Back

I am an amateur in stamp collecting and only seriously pursue this hobby rather recently.  So when I know of this high definitive stamps launch, I pondered a lot whether I should buy this really expensive pre-cancelled first day cover.  But because this is the first year that I attempt to collect first day cover, therefore I decided to buy this after all.

Singpost Stamps Past Street Scene Presentation Pack CoverPresentation Pack ($20.95)

When I first started collecting stamps, the presentation pack were mandatory purchase because they provide information on the issue.  The difference between the value of the stamps and the price for the presentation pack are usually few dollars, so I feel these are the best for new collectors.  They are good as gifts too because they are meaningful as each issue have a theme that usually can tug the heart string of the ordinary citizen.

Singpost Stamps Past Street Scene Brochure Contents

Depending on whether you are from which generation, you probably have a different level of appreciation for the particular stamp issue.  Of the above past street scenes, they probably depict the street scene of the 50s or 60s.  This is because by the 70s, most of the wet markets are already organised in hawker centres and there are less “Ma Jies” (house servants) as described in the brochure.  As for the electric trams, a quick search show that they are present in 1905 to 1927.  So I guess somewhat the presence of the electric tram in the stamps just does not seem to gel to well into the era as it really cause confusion. I am not sure if night markets are so vibrant during those days because population should be less dense. However I could somewhat relate to it only because of my personal experience being immerse in night market overseas such as Malaysia or Taiwan.

Singpost Stamps Past Street Scene Brochure Front

This particular issue didn’t get me very much excited before and after the issue.  During the month of March, I was actually eagerly anticipating the issue for “Sports Hub” which was initially published in Miniature, a philately magazine published by SingPost.  However the theme Sports Hub didn’t materialise which was quite upsetting.  The subsequent issue of Minature have this theme removed.  Looks like not only the actual construction of the Sports Hub is delayed, even a stamp issue is aborted.  That’s somewhat unfortunate.

June 2014 issue will be themed Festivals but what I am really looking forward to is July issue of Pulau Ubin.  The issue before Past Street Scenes is Celebrations.  There is no presentation pack nor brochure for the issue.  This is the issue which supposedly replaces Sports Hub so is probably a back-up issue.

STAMP ISSUE INFORMATION

Date of Issue: 28 May 2014
Denominations: $1.10, $2, $5 and $10
Stamp Size: 50mm  x 31.5mm
Perforation: 14 x 13 1/4
Paper:  Unwatermarked
Printing Process:  Offset Lithography with ink that changes with sunlight
Printer:  Joh Enschede Security Print
Sheet Content: 10 stamps per sheet
Designer: Lim An-ling 

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Other related posts:

Singapore Post: Ferns (Feb 2014)
Singapore Post: Zodiac Horse 2014 Stamp Issue
Special Collection: Hong Kong, Macau & Singapore Zodiac Horse Collection 2014
Singapore 48 Years of Independence Commemorative Stamps Issue

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