Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Celebrating the Momentous Arrival of Giant Pandas on Singapore Postage Stamps 6.9.2012

Giant Pandas stamp issue was on 6 September 2012.

This stamp issue was to commemorate the arrival of two pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, on loan to Singapore by China to mark the twentieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The first day cover is in vertical format. This could be a first as I do not recall any first day cover previously issued in this format by Singapore. 

These two giant pandas began their 10-year stay in Singapore on 6 September 2012. Singapore is the ninth country to receive the loan of giant pandas from China since 1994. 

Artistically illustrated in drawings by local international artiste, Edmund Chen Zhi Cai who is also SingPost’s stamp ambassador, this set of stamps depicts the various poses of Kai Kai and Jia Jia. For example, the S$2 stamp shows Kai Kai and Jia Jia playing with each other. 

First day cover was cancelled with a special Giant Panda postmark specially designed by Edmund’s 12-year-old daughter, Yixin, and the folder cover of the Collectors’ Sheet is designed by his 21-year-old son, Yixi. “It is not easy to draw the pandas. Initially, I could not even differentiate the gender. Although pandas are in black and white, I have found that just for the colour black alone, there are many different shades. It is only through many attempts that I am finally satisfied with my work,” said Edmund. Edmund was also the designer for the Oriental Small-Clawed Otter stamp issue released last year.

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