New Singapore stamps featuring vanishing trades to be launched

Postal service provider SingPost will release a new set of stamps bearing designs of vanishing local trades from old Singapore on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013. The designs include (from top left): kacang puteh seller, lantern maker, songkok maker, goldsmi
Postal service provider SingPost will release a new set of stamps bearing designs of vanishing local trades from old Singapore on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013. The designs include (from top left): kacang puteh seller, lantern maker, songkok maker, goldsmith, cobbler, knife sharpener, ice-ball seller and parrot astrologer. -- PHOTO: SINGPOST

A new set of stamps with designs of local tradesmen like cobblers, goldsmiths and milk men are going into circulation.

Postal service provider SingPost is releasing a new collection to commemorate these trades, which were brought to local shores decades ago by immigrants from Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka. Other examples include parrot astrologers and makers of the songkok, a traditional Muslim head gear.

"Many of these trades that were once a familiar sight are fast disappearing. with Singapore's development as an urban metropolis," it added in a press statement on Monday.

The stamps will go on sale on Oct 16 at all post offices and the Singapore Phiatelic Museum. Orders can also be made at SingPost's online shopping portal, vPOST.