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Postal stationery of the Netherlands

Postal stationery of the Netherlands, numbering according Geuzendam catalogue[1]. Issue dates are indicated although in many cases there is uncertainty about it. Even when a first day of sale had been determined, postal stationery was sometimes sold earlier.



An envelope is a common item, usually made of thin, flat material. It is designed to contain a flat object, such as a letter or card. It is called postal stationery when imprinted with an indicia indicating the amount of postage at the domestic first-class rate.


№ 1-7, King William III, Queen Wilhelmina. 5 cent blue and 12.5 cent grey imprint. Sizes: 150x82mm (№ 1-5), 146x111mm (№ 6-7).


In philately a lettercard or letter card is a postal stationery item consisting of a folded card with a prepaid imprinted stamp. The fact that it is folded over gives the writer twice as much room for the message compared with a postal card. The message is written on the inside and the card is then folded and sealed around the edges. The recipient tears off and discards the perforated selvages to open the card.


№ 1, King William III, 5 cent blue. Size: 158-160x272mm. Light grey paper.


№ 3-7. Queen Wilhelmina with hanging hair. Denomination 3, 5 and 12.5 cents. Sizes 140x168mm (№ 3, 5 and 7), 118x140mm (№ 4 and 6).

Vertically perforated, missing 2 holes at top (type x) or without missing holes at top (type y).


№ 8-9. Queen Wilhelmina with hanging hair. 5 and 12.5 cents (№ 5, 7) surcharged '3 CENT'. 140x168mm.

Postal CardsEdit

Postal cards are postal stationery with an imprinted stamp or indicium signifying the prepayment of postage. They are sold by postal authorities.The first postal stationery of the Netherlands was a postal card which was issued January 1, 1871.


№ 1, coat of arms of the Netherlands, 2.5 cent lilac. Smooth or ribbed creamy to buff cardboard, 0.18 to 0.30mm. Size: 122x87mm. Intended for domestic mail.


№ 2-12. Coat of arms of the Netherlands, 2.5 cent lilac or violet, King William III, 5 cent blue. Smooth or ribbed creamy to buff cardboard, 0.18 to 0.30mm. Size: 122x87mm. 2.5 cent intended for domestic mail, 5 cent for destinations abroad. Postcards № 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 exist being used for destinations abroad.

The in 1873 issued № 7 z-1 and № 7 z-2 are violet to dark violet while the 1876 № 12 is light reddish violet. The meander line of № 7 is broken in different places when compared to № 12. Other differences between these three types:


№ 13-22. Numeral 2.5 cent violet, King William III, 5 cent blue. From № 14 additional coat of arms on the left side (except № 29-30, right side). Coat of arms in type I and/or II; narrow or wide background lines:

  • Type I: № 14
  • Type I or II both exist: № 21-22
  • Type II: all other issues up to № 54 (1900)

Yellowish or creamy white cardboard, 0.16 to 0.30 mm. Size: 122x87mm.


№ 23-28.

  • 1881-1894, numeral 2.5 cent lilac-violet on pink (№ 23, 24).
  • 1881-1887 (March?), King William III, 5 cent blue on light blue to yellowish-blue (№ 25-28).

Reverse white. Sizes: 137-138x92-93mm.


№ 29-37.

  • 1894, numeral 2.5 cent brownish-red (№ 32, 34) or violet (№ 33, 35).
  • 1891-1894, Queen Wilhelmina with 'hanging hair' 5c blue on light blue (№ 29-31 and № 36-37).

Reverse white. Sizes: 137-138x92-93mm or 140x90mm (№ 33, 35-37).


№ 199a-199n 1924-09-06, 199o and 199p 1924-11. Illustrated postal cards, 12.5c. 14 different city views. Red on light buff, sizes: 140x90mm. 199o and 199p second issue with corrected text.

Railway PostcardsEdit

Railway postcards were used for administrative purposes or to inform the addressee about arrival of goods at the railway station. Issued from 1921 to 1967.


  1. ten Geuzendam, Albert Willem () Geuzendam's Catalogus van de Postwaardestukken van Nederland en Overzeese Rijksdelen (8th ed.), The Hague: Nederlandse Vereniging van Poststukken- en Poststempelverzamelaars. ISBN: 978-9-071-65022-2.