4 June 2023

Postal historians and postmark collectors are always interested in postal routes and geography in order to write up their collections and even often wishe to show the place on the map, especially as some places can’t be located on present day maps.

Fig. 1

Take for example Neuzen, a name you will even find in postmarks. You will not be able to find it on present day maps such as Google Maps or modern atlases. Ah, you will say than I will look it up in Google Search. Good idea, but to search ‘just’ for Neuzen will not easily help.

Fig. 2: 1917 postcard showing “NEUZEN” cancellation. Also notice the “VELDPOST” (or field post) cancellation. Although the Netherlands were neutral, the army was active, especially in areas close to the borders of the country.

You are hardly able to find the right place with the present name. Many hits on neuzen, but only if you look for the city of Neuzen, will you find it. Neuzen is today known as Terneuzen.

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René Hillesum

René Hillesum

Collector of postal history of Finland and postmarks of Imperial Saint Petersburg.

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