The Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) presents a two-part new exhibition from 11 April to 31 December 2018, You’ve Got Mail!, to re-ignite fond memories of the era when pen and paper, letter writing, and the postal service, played a pivotal role in bringing people together. For the first time in Singapore, a collection of 200 award-winning decorative envelopes from the Washington Calligraphers Guild (USA); and 150 unusual stamps and philatelic materials from the SPM collection and lenders, will be on display. These showcase the beauty of letter-writing, creative envelopes, and even quirky stamps.
“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!” said Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, SPM’s General Manager.
In the first segment, Art on Envelope: Send Your Love the Write Way, 200 award-winning, beautifully handcrafted envelopes from the Washington Calligraphers Guild’s annual Graceful Envelope Contests (with entries from between 2002 and 2016), will illustrate the beauty of letters and stamps.
In the second segment, Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps, will illustrate how innovative stamp design and printing technology, coupled with a dose of creativity, have transformed the humble postage stamp from its familiar square or rectangular gummed paper look, to today’s plethora of stamp issues that engage all our senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. These “new look” stamps reflect the issuing country’s unique heritage and culture.
Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
When: 11 Apr 2018 - 17 Mar 2019, 10am - 7pm