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Netherlands Stamps

Commemoratives of 1933-1936

No commemorative Netherlands stamps at all were issued between 1924 and 1932, and during the period from 1933 to 1936, there were only four instances where non-surtaxed commemorative postage stamps were issued.

The four commemorative Netherlands stamps shown above (NVPH #252-55, Sc. #196-99) were issued on April 1, 1933 to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Prince William of Orange.  He is better known as William the Silent.

Prince William (1533-1584) was born into the House of Nassau.  Upon the death of his cousin, Prince William became the Prince of Orange in 1544.  He is therefore considered the founder of the House of Orange-Nassau and the common ancestor of the present-day monarchy of the Netherlands.

The designs of these stamps are as follows:

  • 01 1/2 C. - Coat of Arms of Prince William.
  • 05 C. - Prince William I in 1581, from an etching by Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617).
  • 06 C. - Prince William I in 1579, from the painting by Adriaen Thomasz Key (1544-1599).
  • 12 1/2 C. - Prince William I in 1555, from the painting attributed to Anthonis Mor (1517-1577).

The 12 1/2 C. denomination propaganda stamp shown above (NVPH #256, Sc. #200) was issued on May 18, 1933 to promote Peace Among Nations.

The design features the Dove of Peace, a sword, and the allegorical representation of a star, with its rays extending over the five continents.

The two commemorative stamps shown above (NVPH #267-68, Sc. #202-03) were issued on July 3, 1934 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Dutch Rule in Curacao.

The designs are as follows:

  • 06 C. - Willemstad Harbor, showing oil tanks.
  • 12 1/2 C. - Van Walbeeck's 17th Century warship.

Johannes van Walbeeck (1602-1649), a Dutch navigator, led a 1634 expedition to seize the strategic island of Curacao, which had been controlled by the Spanish Province of Venezuela for over 100 years. 

Without a single loss of life on either side, the Spanish governor of the island of Curacao surrendered on August 21, 1634.  Johannes van Walbeeck became the first governor of what would become known as the Netherlands Antilles.  Fort Amsterdam, which would eventually become the city of Willemstad, was built on the harbor of Curacao in 1635.

The two triangular stamps shown above (NVPH #287-88, Sc. #204-05) were issued on May 15, 1936 to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Founding of Utrecht University.

The designs are as follows:

  • 06 C. - Pallas Athena (Minerva), the goddess of wisdom.
  • 12 1/2 C. - Gisbertus Voetius (1588-1676), the Dutch Calvinist theologian and professor of theology at Utrecht University.



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