Maps of early Singapore from the National Library's rare materials collection to be featured on Singpost's latest stamps

Available as standalones, First Day Cover and Presentation Pack,  the four stamps will go on sale from 1 December 2020


Four maps of early Singapore from the National Library’s rare materials collection will be featured on four stamps that SingPost will launch on 1 December 2020. They each come in the following denominations: 1st Local, 70 cents, 90 cents and $1.40. A First Day Cover and a Presentation Pack will also available at $4.80 and $5.85 respectively. For a closer look at the original maps which were provided by the National Library Board (NLB), visit NLB’s BookSG website (

Early maps offer a fascinating window into Singapore’s history. Some of these provide material evidence of Singapore’s existence as an important navigational landmark and the place of trade in the maritime crossroads of East and West, long before the arrival of the British in 1819. They also preserve on record the various indigenous names of ancient Singapore. These indigenous names, such as Temasek (“sea town”) and Pulau Panjang (“long island”) are part of our heritage that live on today. These maps document Singapore’s early maritime roots, which in turn provide an anchor for our understanding of the development of modern Singapore as a global trading and shipping hub.

Purchase of stamps can be done at any Post Office, Philatelic Stores or online via Details of the four stamps and descriptions of the featured maps can be found in Annex A.

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The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through its network of 27 public libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. NLB also forges strategic partnerships that encourage awareness, appreciation and greater discovery of Singapore’s history through its rich collections on Singapore and the region.

NLB achieves excellence through innovation, focusing on citizen engagement and co-creation, resource and digital innovation. This creates learning opportunities, greater access to library resources, services and archival collections, as well as a continual development of innovative library spaces. Established on 1 September 1995 as a statutory board, NLB is under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

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