4/10/2018 2:08:16 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
In these days of email and WhatsApp, you don’t know what you are missing till you walk into this amazing exhibition where you are greeted by postage stamps made of silk and lace and smelling of roses and coffee and envelopes that are sheer works of art. You could even win up to S$500 in cash prizes by designing your own postcard and mailing it to the Singapore Philatelic Museum.
For inspiration, visit the You’ve Got Mail! exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. The exhibition is on from April 11 till December 31. But for the You’ve Got Mail! Postcard Contest, you have to mail your entry to the Singapore Philatelic Museum at 23B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807 between April 11 and June 17. The winners will be announced on July 16 and the images of the winning entries posted on the Singapore Philatelic Museum website at www.spm.org.sg.
The museum is presenting the You’ve Got Mail! exhibition to rekindle fond memories of the days when people wrote letters. For the first time in Singapore, a collection of 200 award-winning decorative envelops from the Washington Calligraphers Guild (USA) and 150 unusual stamps and philatelic materials from the museum’s own collection and others will be on display.
Stamp made of khadi cloth, India
The stamps on display include
And much, much more.
Hong Kong 22k gold lace metal stamp
Singapore Philatelic Museum’s general manager, Ms Tresnawadi Prasad, says: “While the internet and social media provide fast ways of connecting people, letter writing and the post still retain their charms. No two letters look the same, and one’s handwriting is unique. There are so many ways to personalise a letter – different pens, inks, paper types and envelopes to choose from. Postage rates and postmarks are also different. This makes every letter a one-of-a-kind keepsake. You’ve Got Mail! hopes to bring the magic of letter-writing and stamp collecting to everyone, and inspire more to send mail the traditional way!”
Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Admission charges for tourists are S$8 for adults and S$6 for children (ages three to 12). For more information, call 63373888 or visit www.spm. org. sg.
Below: Portuguese stamp made of cork, Malaysian and Taiwanese rose-scented stamps, and arty envelopes.