Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Singaporean postcard showing the Baba House, a demonstration project to promote Singapore's built heritage run jointly by the National University of Singapore and Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority. The building was built in the 1860s and was home to a wealthy shipping magnate. It exudes the architectural and artistic richness of houses from the period. Singapore's distinctive built heritage was largely ignored and fell into decline in the post-War period, so the Urban Redevelopment Authority began a project of sensitive restoration of showcase buildings which would encourage wider appreciation of and protection  for these beautiful old buildings.

The Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pelargopsis capensis, is a large kingfisher living in the Indian subcontinent and in Southeast Asia that eats fish, frogs, crabs, rodents and young birds. The stamp is from a 2007 series featuring flora and fauna of the island.

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