Sunday, January 18, 2009

Used cover from Singapore - 1957

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I got this wonderful used cover today from a stamp dealer. This cover sent from Singapore to Madurai (My city), India.

These four stamps in the cover are part of a set of 12 stamps issued on September 04, 1955. The date cancellation in the cover is June 12, 1957.

All stamps have perforation - 13-1/2 x 14-1/2
Denom. - Color - Design
1c - Sepia - Chinese Sampans
2c - Orange yellow - Malay Kolek
8c - Aqua - Palari
12c - Rose Red - Hylam trader

Sampans - A relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat from 3.5 to 4.5 m (approximately twelve to fifteen feet) long.

Kolek - Sampan, a.k.a. kolek, small wooden boat, skiff, a canoe-like coastal craft usually propelled by oars. Also known as Chinese shoe-boats, it is a common native craft sometimes with a sail, used for fishing and short range transportation. The word originates from the Chinese word sanpan meaning "boat"; san means "three", pan means "board". It is also spelt champana, champan, sampane, siampan, sampaan, and sampang. Used all over the Asian region, it was once seen in great numbers at the Singapore River, until 1983. Now, only a few remain. Others still can be seen in the coastal areas of mainland Singapore and the surrounding islands.

Palari - click here for detailed explanation.

Hylam Trader - A type of Chinese Junk type boats once common in the Gulf of Siam Trade

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

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    Singapore Stamps


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