New Stamps from Hong Kong

Toys of Hong Kong 1940 – 1960

toys of hongkong stampsHong Kong’s toy manufacturing industry can be traced back to the 1940s. The industry started to blossom in the 1950s, when toy manufacturers in the United States relocated part of their manufacturing process to Asia for lower production costs and engaged plastics factories in Hong Kong to start secondary production lines for plastic toys. By the 1960s, Hong Kong’s toy manufacturing technology had become very sophisticated and toy manufacturing was a major local industry that, together with the electronics, textiles and plastics industries, constituted four pillar industries in Hong Kong.

Plastic Hammer ($1.70) – As the living standards in Hong Kong in early years were low, many families could only afford inexpensive toys sold by street hawkers and stationery shops. The plastic hammer is one good example.

Paper Dolls ($2.20)  – Costing just a few cents, paper dolls could bring endless fun as one could always be creative and design unique outfits and accessories for the dolls.

Water Pistol ($2.90)  – Hong Kong’s toy manufacturers seized the opportunity of the craze for spy movies and launched a wide range of water pistols to win the hearts of boys.

Mini Plastic Swords ($3.10)  – Mini plastic swords were another pastime popular with boys. Every packet contained an assortment of different coloured weapons. To play the game, the opposing players would place a weapon on the floor or a table, and then move it by shifting, pushing or flicking. The player whose weapon landed upon the opponent’s weapon won the match and could take possession of the latter.

Yellow Plastic Ducks ($3.70) – The classic plastic toy set comprising three ducklings led by their mother duck still evokes cherished memories for many people nowadays.

Tin Frog ($5)  – With the gaining popularity of plastic toys, the once fashionable tin toys gradually died out. However, they have seen a resurgence as treasures for today’s collectors.

Date of Issue: 8 June 2016

Centenary of Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Brigade

hongkong st jones ambulence stampsHong Kong St. John Ambulance Brigade (the Brigade) was established in 1916. Over the years, it has been remained committed to serving all citizens of the community irrespective of race, class or creed. $1.70 – Ambulance Service
The Brigade provides free 24-hour ambulance service for the public. Stationed in three ambulance depots located on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon and the New Territories, the 14 Brigade ambulances respond to emergency calls round the clock. On-site ambulance service is also available for horse races, athletic meets and other crowd events.

$2.90 – First Aid Service
Brigade members provide voluntary first aid and related services during large-scale activities or crowd events. Every year, various courses are offered to ensure members are able to help themselves and others whilst on duty and in their daily lives.

$3.70 – Dental Care for the Handicapped or People with Special Needs
With its dental clinic opening as early as 1960, the Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Brigade became the only organisation with a dental clinic among all the St. John organisations worldwide. The clinic is staffed by volunteer dentists and dental surgery assistants, who offer free dental service to the handicapped and those with special needs on a roster basis.

$5 – Youth Service
The Brigade’s Youth Command provides basic training on first aid skills and home nursing for teenagers aged 12 to 18. The Youth Command also lays the foundation for membership of the Adult Divisions of the Brigade. Cadets of the Youth Command participate regularly in different activities, such as assisting in the training of St. John Pandas, providing medical check-ups for the elderly and paying visits to hospitals, thereby developing a caring heart for the community.

The stamps feature graphic illustrations of the four major services of the Brigade. On the background is the number “100” printed in iridescent ink to highlight the centenary of the organisation.

Date of Issue: 14 April 2016

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