of the Netherlands"
secretary, gave us a fascinating insight into the postal history of the
at our recent meeting.
with material from the 16th century Paul showed us a variety of
covers associated with early trading with
. Following on came military mail, from Prussian invaders, and the French
liberation forces, with
becoming a French department for a time.
’s first stamps came with the Willem III issue of 1852. Holland didn't
immediately embrace the "Universal" system of postal charging, instead
letters were charged "by distance". Further items of postal history
followed including "Barge Mail" (unofficial mail carried by canal);
postcards (with instructions on how to use them, 1871); Express Mail (WW1,
censored to London); early Registered covers; a 1939 mobilisation card;
“Deliver on Sunday” cacheted covers and pictorial cards relating to
exhibitions including the 1933 Great Trek to South Africa (amongst others).
his second round Paul started with trains; stamps relating to the centenary
& 150th anniversary of the Dutch railway, Travelling Post Office
marks & journey cards of the various rail companies. Shipping (an important
’s history) followed with items related to commerce & exploration; modern
ferries and ship mail transit marks along with material relating to the
“Holland/America Shipping Line”. Planes and the development of KLM (the
Royal Dutch Airline, started 1919) came next with covers from early flights. The
constant “fight” against the sea with material relating to land reclamation
and sea defences followed with stamps depicting various building methods and
foreign workers camp mail. The 1928 Olympic Games (held in
) featured including a huge cover incorporating a souvenir sheet of stamps with
the cover text written in Esperanto. Also on show was a last day cover, to
, which had been sponsored by KLM! Paul concluded his display with material
relating to the Dutch Nazi Party (WW2) and with postcards, and images, of
Morgan-Klein gave the Vote of Thanks.