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Putting a colourful stamp on Singapore's history

Aug 06, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

Britain introduced Singapore's first postage stamp in 1854 with a royal theme that was to continue for decades.

A portrait of Queen Victoria graced the first stamp, which was followed by depictions of other English monarchs such as King George VI.

That changed in 1943, when Japanese occupiers imposed stamps with kanji characters, in a move to establish an Asian identity under their leadership.

While these tiny items on envelopes might seem inconsequential, stamps tell a prec...