Stamp-collecting is considered one of the most rewarding hobbies in the world. While stamps have existed for over 150 years, there are still many individuals who are drawn to stamp-collecting. Stamp-collecting, or philately, is an interesting hobby as it enables us to learn about different countries.
Did you know that countries issue stamps bearing images of the things that make their country special? It could be famous entertainers, flowers or historical sites that are found in the country.
Ten-year-old Debria Preethi Jeyarajah has been collecting stamps for two years. “I look forward to overseas stamps during Christmas because they are so lovely. If I were to design a stamp, I would design it with words. The stamp would say, “Let’s Save The Environment” and it will have pictures of trees and animals. I will give it a 50 sen value.”
Eight-year-old Chloe Leong Xizhen wants to be a stamp collector when she is older. “My Ah Kong (grandfather) loves keeping his stamps in a book and showing them to me. His many different types of stamps from across the world. Australian stamps are one of my favorites as they showcase mainly penguins, kangaroos and koalas.“
“My stamps have images from one of my favourite children's books - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I think the delightful images make beautiful stamps, writes three year-old Asher Wang Qi Chuen.
Older sibling Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, six, “Postal stamps were first introduced in Britain in 1860. Stamps come in so many forms and sizes. The printed images help to promote a country or celebrate a special event.”
Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12 years old, writes,"I started to collect stamps when Mummy gave her stamp albums to me two years ago. I am always fascinated with various designs, pictures, and colours. Mummy’s stamp collections are from many countries. Some are in completed sets with scenery, animals and flowers."
“I love cars and motorcycles therefore I will design the stamps with vehicle pictures. It will be in various shapes and values. I also post postcards to my relatives. I am excited when I receive postcards from them with the beautiful stamps," says Jayden Tan Li Sheng, eight.
Eight-year-old Sophie Yap Jyn Qing wants to design stamps with daisies, unicorns and rainbows. “My fun stamp would be worth 90 sen. I chose daisy because it is the ‘day’s eye’, which is the sun. As for the unicorn and the rainbow, they are magical.”
Younger sibling Claire Yap Jyn Wei, six, designed a stamp with the theme, ‘Flowers in My Garden’. “The flower has two red petals. I chose this special flower because it is beautiful. Hopefully the letter with my specially designed stamp can get to the person, and make them happy.”
“If I have the chance to design my own stamp, it will feature unicorns. I’d love to design stickers where the sender can freely doodle whatever picture they want on the stamps. It is so much fun and personalised, ” writes Adelyn Hui-Ling Yeo, six.
"Yay! My RM1 unicorn stamp has reached my grandparents in Taiping! I'm so excited about this stamp because it's so pretty, ” says five-year-old Nadia Asha Solomon.
"I designed a ladybug stamp because I find them fascinating and pretty. Did you know ladybugs aren't bugs but beetles?" explains Jacob Navin Solomon, five.
“I would like to have a school of fish on my stamp designs, ” says Alden Heng Zeng Biao, five. - Compiled by Sheela Chandran
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