10 April 2020
Postage Due

Postage due on Official Mail

Generally, correspondence originating from government agencies will be sent free of postage. I always thought that this meant that ‘nobody’ paid for this but this…

As recently as 2016 a letter has been found with a VOC postmark from Cape Town, South Africa, which has really been sent from Cape…

The small village of Hem in the southern part of West Frisia established its own dairy plant in the early 1900s to streamline the condition…

In Netherlands Philately 43-3 I wrote about a cover recovered from the mail boat s.s. Berlin, which crashed on the North Pier at Hoek of…

A big story at the end of December 2019 was how ex Nissan-CEO Ghosn (fig. 1), charged with financial wrongdoing, managed to sneak through a…

This is a word in dialect from the region of Twente. It is the name given to craftsmen, mainly from the village of Vriezenveen, who…

During the later part of the 16th century several cities in the Netherlands (Middelburg, Hoorn, and Amsterdam among them) equipped vessels, with the specific purpose…

During the Second World War and some years after it there was a scarcity of…

Operation Market Garden started on September 17, 1944 by the Allied Forces and was aimed…

The official liberation was on May 5, 1945, but parts of the country had been…

The Groninger-Lemmer Steamboat Company was founded on July 9, 1870 by the brothers Jan, Geert…

After the September 1944 Battle of Arnhem hospitals were evacuated in early 1945. One location…

During the Second World War Winterhelp, short for "Stichting Winterhulp Nederland" (the Netherlands Winterhulp Foundation),…