17 February 2020

We are already satisfied nowadays when a letter will be delivered the next day. The obligation for PostNL to deliver at least 95% of the mail the next working day (within the Netherlands, except for the islands) did the company in 2018 with “the heels over the ditch”.

How different it used to be, even without all modern means of transport. The attached postcard (from the Queen’s Commissioner in the province South Holland) was posted in The Hague on October 2, 1896 and arrived the same day in Ruhrort (now part of Duisburg), Germany.

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