National Museum’s Stamp Exhibition

January 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

It is interesting to see how things have advanced through time. For most of the 20th century, mail delivery was the only option if there is a need to send a letter or a small parcel across to someone in another continent. Back then, besides the thrill of opening the contents of the letter or parcel, there was always the wonder of the kinds of stamps that accompanied these parcels. Though a collector can always drop by the local post office to purchase most stamps, stamps bearing the post mark has always been of higher value due to the authenticity of the post mark.

The Black Penny, world's oldest stamp

The National Museum in Kuala Lumpur will be organising a stamp exhibition from now until 15th March 2011. The ‘Pameran Setem 1Malaysia 1 Dunia’ will feature stamps and philatelic products from the Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) and Pos Malaysia. This exhibition is jointly organised by the Malaysian Department of Museums, Information Communication and Culture Ministry (KPKK), Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) together with Pos Malaysia and PSM. The exhibition will be divided into three categories, a different theme for each of the month. The first month’s theme is ‘Youth at Heart’ which will be held from now till 14th January 2011. From 15th January till 14th February 2011, the theme will be ‘Beauty of Flora & Fauna’. For the last month’s exhibition that will be running from 15th February till 14th March 2011, the selected theme will be ‘Knowing the World’.

The exhibition is held with the intention of creating more awareness and interest in stamps. Other than showcasing the collection of artifacts by Pos Malaysia, it will also feature the history and evolution of the local post industry as well as the oldest stamp in the world, the Penny Black, dating from 1840. There will also be many fun activities, among which are counters selling stamps and philatelic products by Pos Malaysia as well as a chance for visitors to design and print their own stamps. Visitors that come to the museum at any day of the week will be entertained with games and contests in line with the themes of the exhibition.

Photos (c) kevinzim, karen horton

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