Monday, August 22, 2011

3 June & 9 August - Singapore's National Days on Stamp

August is a month where patriotic sentiments run high for Singapore because of the various national day celebrations. These celebrations gel the nation together, and deepen the ties for the participants with this little island nation. The National Day Parade on 9th August is typically the highlight of all the events. Often, there would also be Singapore stamp issues commemorating the National Day.

Let me share a little tidbit of Singapore history via a stamp below. It was not always the 9th August that Singapore celebrates its National Day. In its early years between 1959 and 1963, the National Day was actually 3rd June for Singapore.

Thus when I saw the stamp (left) below, I was pleasantly surprise to see two of Singapore's "National Days" marked on a single stamp. During the early days, 9th August would be a normal working day, and thus there would be stamps with cancellation date marked as "9th August". On the same stamp, the "June 3 1962" is also stated clearly since it is the National Day issue.


The stamp issue was released in 1962 and both stamps formed the complete set of the National Day stamp (4 cents and 10 cents). The design was symbolic of labour's role in building the nation.

See related:
- State of Singapore Stamp

5 comments:

Singapore Stamps said...

Thanks for the interesting post. I also have a set of these stamps too. Love them!

Sgstamps said...

Heh yupz... stamps with historical meanings are truly 'lovable' :)

Singapore Stamps said...

Yep, I never knew 3 Jun used to be Singapore's National Day!

mohd ansar said...

i had the stamps singapore national day 10 cents that printed 3 june 1962 at left of the stamps...any singaporean want to buy???

mohd ansar said...

i had the stamps singapore national day 10 cents that printed 3 june 1962 at left of the stamps...any singaporean want to buy???

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