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Tiger-striped fish on stamps

At one of the streams in MacRitchieReservoir I saw many Tiger Barbs. It is a pretty fish, about 5-10 cm long. It is a ‘Tiger’ because of its stripes. Take a look at these Singapore stamps, one issued in 1966 and one in 1981.

Retrievia Excerpts 2003-2004

Oh! The 2 stamps look alike, you say!

Well, you are quite right. How did this come about?

A stamp, in a way, is a piece of paper currency. Back in 1966, the postal authorities had printed a big quantity of the 4-cent stamps. Fifteen years later, in 1981, there was still a substantial quantity left. The postal authorities covered the ‘4 cents’ in the bottom left corner with a black-colour pattern and inserted ’10 cents’ at the top right corner.

Perfectly legitimate way of making money; nothing ‘fishy’ here.

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2003/ 2004
Tan Wee Kiat


Written by Ivan Chew

18 January, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Posted in Year 2003/ 2004

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  1. This is interesting information. I had no idea stamps have values like currencies, and that the new pattern was meant to cover the old cost. Learn something new today.


    18 January, 2008 at 8:51 pm

  2. Hi! QQ*librarian,
    Thanks for your note
    >I had no idea stamps have values like currencies<

    Singapore now issues stamps with the words “1st Local” with no value (price) indicated on it.
    So, when the postage cost of sending letters within Singapore goes up (say 10 years from now) there is no need to print a new price on the “1st Local” stamps unlike the old days of the Tiger Barb stamps.
    Clever move, isn’t it?
    tan wee kiat

    tan wee kiat

    20 January, 2008 at 9:44 am

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