Singapore Post Limited issued a colourful free hand drawn Traditional Board Games stamps, that evoked fond childhood memories for many.
The set comprises five stamps, each featuring a colourful free hand drawing of a traditional board game that was popular in Singapore during the 70s and 80s.
The board games are Chinese Chess, Diamond Game, Aeroplane Chess, Snakes and Ladders, and Checkers.
Traditional Board Games stamps
Chinese Chess (1st Local) is a strategy board game for two players. The game represents a battle between two armies, with the objective of capturing the enemy’s emperor.
Diamond Game (2nd Local) is a simple yet challenging game for two to six players. The objective is to be the first to move all of one’s game pieces into the opposite corner of a hexagram-shaped board. Though strategy is involved, the rules are simple enough for young children to enjoy the game.
Aeroplane Chess (50¢ stamp) is a fun, fast paced and easy-to-learn classic Chinese board game. Played by between two and four players, the game begins with each player placing his respective game pieces in “hangers” located at the four corners of the board. The objective is to be the first to reach the base of one’s respective colour at the centre of the board.
Snakes and Ladders (70¢ stamp) is a popular board game with young children. The objective of the game is to move one’s token, according to dice rolls, from “Start” to “Finish”, either helped by “ladders” or hindered by “snakes” along the way. The game is a simple race based on sheer luck.
Checkers (S$1.30 stamp) is a strategy board game for two players involving diagonal moves of game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. The objective of the game is to take all of the opponent’s pieces or to produce a position such that the opponent is unable to move. A player wins the game when the opponent cannot make a move.
SingPost’s last Traditional Games stamp issue was in 1997. That stamp set featured popular games such as shuttlecock, marbles, spinning top and five stones.
The stamp issued are available at all post offices and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. They may also be purchased online at www.stampdelight.com.
Title: Traditional Board Games stamps
Date of Issue: 27 April 2016
Denominations: 1st Local, 2nd Local, 50¢, 70¢, $1.30