these are postage stamps and they still exist.
Emails may have threatened them to extinction, but hey – it's still around.
Here are some samples from our neighboring villages –
the postage stamps of Southeast Asia…
The very first postage stamp in Southeast Asia was issued in Manila in 1854 under the postal district of Spain.
The very first sovereign postage stamp in Southeast Asia was issued by Thailand on 4 August 1883. Thailand is also the very first SE Asian member of the Universal Postal Union on 1 July 1885.
The Strait Settlements (including Singapore) first issued stamps in 1882. The Philippines' first stamp as a republic was issued on 1899. Brunei's first stamps was an overprint on Labuan in 1906. Burma's first stamps was an overprint on India in 1937. Cambodia's first stamps was in 1951.
Malaysia is the only country in our region where all its states issue their own stamps. And their “Butterfly” stamp series is one of the most sought after in the world.
The Union of Burma changed its name to “Union of Myanmar" on their postage stamps in 1989. The Philippines changed name 3 times – Filipinas (1872), Philippines (1899), Pilipinas (1962). Singapore is the only country in SE Asia that retained its original country name on its stamps.
Postage Stamps are good source of earning foreign exchange -- Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand earn foreign exchange through the sale of stamps.
I got a stamp collection *no, it’s not ok to call me “geek”* which I started when I was 8. It is so vast it needed its own room in the house – yeah, I'm one of those “album filler” kind who buys just about anything called “stamp”.
I nearly had a heart attack when my appraiser said that if I sell all my stamps today, I can buy – a new 3-bedroom apartment, a townhouse and a Jaguar XJ.
All of it... of course, doesn’t appeal to me. I’ll take my stamps to the grave! Ha! Take that!