14 July 2020

There are things which are puzzling. Like this one. An identity card from the Second World War with a special identity card fiscal stamp of 50 cent. This rate was for people not having too much money but who were not poor or for a renewal of one with a fiscal stamp of ƒ 1,–, when the validity was still for at least two years. These identity cards were state of the art when introduced in 1941. However, even though this was the German occupation period, it was a Dutch invention.

The owner of the card had to place two finger prints on the card, of which one under the stamp on the white field in the middle. After that, the stamp was glued on the card and at the same time the photograph of the holder was glued.

This example is completely fresh, without any fingerprint and the fiscal stamp not glued on. The question is, how can it be. One reason can be that Mr. Steenhuis has never picked it up from the community (for what ever reason) and an other reason could be that the identity card was stolen from the town hall.

René Hillesum

René Hillesum

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

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