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Dutch railway letter and parcel stamps
Dates of Issue:
1914-1920 1917-1920 1920-1923 1922 1923 - 1 1923 - 2 1924-1925 1924-1930 1927-1928
1931-1934 1934-1944 01-05-1946 01-03-1964 01-02-1965 01-07-1966 April 1970 01-05-1972
1914-1920: Dutch railway letter stamps: Nederlandsche Staatsspoorwegen.

These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
a: 11x11½
b: 11x12
c: 11½x11
d: 11½x11½
e: 11½x12
f: 12x11½


The design was taken from a plaque over the entrance to one of the platforms of Haarlem station.
The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations and the red ones were for the "Van Gend En Loos" distribution and transport centres.

printer: from 1913 till 1920: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.







The numbers used by Enschedé & Zonen are 8mm in height for the value in cents. They are 12½mm in height for the value in guilders.






1917-1920: Dutch railway letter stamps: Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg Mij.


These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
a: 11x11½
b: 11x12
c: 11½x11
d: 11½x11½
e: 11½x12
f: 12x11½

These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
a: 11x11½
b: 11x12
c: 11½x11
d: 11½x11½
e: 11½x12
f: 12x11½
g: 12x12

The violet stamps were sold at the railway stations and the green ones were for other distribution and transport centres.

printer: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.


values:
36. 5 cent
37. 10 cent
38. 15 cent
39. 20 cent
40. 25 cent
41. 30 cent
42. 35 cent
43. 40 cent
44. 45 cent
45. 50 cent
46. 65 cent
47. 1 GLD.
48. 1½ GLD.
49. 2 GLD.
50. 2½ GLD.
51. 3 GLD.
52. 5 cent
53. 10 cent
54. 15 cent
55. 20 cent
56. 25 cent
57. 30 cent
58. 35 cent
59. 40 cent
60. 45 cent
61. 50 cent
62. 1 GLD.
63. 1½ GLD.
64. 2 GLD.
65. 2½ GLD.
colour:
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
violet
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
green
perforation:
a-f
a-ed, f
a, d
a, b, d
a-e
a-f
a-f
a-f
a-e
a-g
d
a-g
a-g
a, d-f
a-d, f
c, d
c, d
a
c, d
a, e
a
a
a
a
a, c, d, e
a
a
a
-
-
Circulation:
440,000
400,000
500,000
600,000
830.000
1,740,000
1,150,000
1,350,000
1,050,000
1,150,000
500,000
920,000
480,000
365,000
270,000
500,000
103,000
159,100
205,800
408,400
421,200
423,800
310,500
307,000
305,900
307,200
150,000
103,300
50,900
51,900


1920-1923: Dutch railway letter stamps:
Nederlandsche Spoorwegen.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
a: 11x11½
b: 11x12
c: 11½x11
d: 11½x11½
e: 11½x12
f: 12x11½


The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations and the red ones were for other distribution and transport centres.

printer: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.
distance between the stamps: 2 mm

Values:
66. 5 cent
67. 10 cent
68. 15 cent
69. 20 cent
70. 25 cent
71. 30 cent
72. 35 cent
73. 40 cent
74. 45 cent
75. 50 cent
76. 65 cent
77. 80 cent
78. 1 GLD.
79. 1½ GLD.
80. 2 GLD.
81. 2½ GLD.
82. 3 GLD.
83. 5 cent
84. 10 cent
85. 15 cent
86. 25 cent
87. 30 cent
88. 35 cent
89. 40 cent
90. 45 cent
91. 50 cent
92. 1 GLD.
93. 1½ GLD.
94. 2 GLD.
95. 2½ GLD.
96. 3 GLD.
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
perforation:
a-e
c, d, e
a, c, d, e
a, c, d, e
b-f
a, c-f
c, d, e
a, b, d, e
b-e
a-e
d
d, e
a-e
a-f
a-f
a, c-f
c, d, e
d
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Circulation:
655,000
550,000
725,000
525,000
825,000
575,000
605,000
2,450,000
1,900,000
1,000,000
100,000
550,000
1,825,000
975,000
975,000
700,000
300,000
50,000
100,000
750,000
500,000
50,000
250,000
600,000
600,000
850,000
1,300,000
600,000
300,000
100,000
100,000

1922: Dutch railway letter stamps: Ooster Stoomtram Mij.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
e: 11½x12
The stamps issued by Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem, were overprinted:

Ooster Stoomtram Mij
5
Cent



This comapny exploited several lines in the East of the Dutch province of Utrecht. And also the line Driebergen - Arnhem.
The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations. printer: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.
distance between stamps: 2 mm

Values:
1. 5 cent
2. 10 cent
3. 15 cent
4. 20 cent
5. 25 cent
6. 30 cent
7. 35 cent
8. 40 cent
9. 45 cent
10. 50 cent
11. 1 GLD.
12. 1½ GLD.
13. 2 GLD.
14. 2½ GLD.
15. 3 GLD.
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
perforation:
e

e












Circulation: probably 25,000 of each value.







1923 - 1: Dutch railway letter stamps: Ooster Stoomtram Mij.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
h: 11x12½
i: 12½x12½
The stamps issued by M. Lindenbaum & Co., Amsterdam., were overprinted:

40
Cent
Ooster Stoomtram Mij


This comapny exploited several lines in the East of the Dutch province of Utrecht. And also the line Driebergen - Arnhem.
The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations. printer: M. Lindenbaum & Co., Amsterdam.

Values:
16. 40 cent
17. 45 cent
18. 50 cent
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
perforation:
i
h
i
Circulation: ?






1923 - 2: Dutch railway letter stamps: Nederlandsche Spoorwegen.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
h: 11x12½
i: 12½x12½

The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations and the red ones were for other distribution and transport centres.

printer in 1923: M. Lindenbaum & Co., Amsterdam.





The numbers used by M.Lindenbaum & Co. are 10mm in height for the value in cents. They are 13mm in height for the value in guilders.


Values:
97. 5 cent
98. 10 cent
99. 15 cent
100. 20 cent
101. 25 cent
102. 30 cent
103. 35 cent
104. 40 cent
105. 45 cent
106. 50 cent
107. 1 GLD.
108. 1½ GLD.
109. 2 GLD.
110. 2½ GLD.
111. 3 GLD.
112. 5 cent
113. 10 cent
114. 15 cent
115. 20 cent
116. 25 cent
117. 30 cent
118. 35 cent
119. 40 cent
120. 45 cent
121. 50 cent
122. 1 GLD.
123. 1½ GLD.
124. 2 GLD.
125. 2½ GLD.
126. 3 GLD.
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
perforation:
i
i
i
i
i
i
i
i
h,i
h,i
h,i
h,i
h,i
h,i
i



h


i








Circulation: unknown,
as data have been lost.






1924-1925: Dutch railway letter stamps: Ooster Stoomtram Mij.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
d: 11½x11½
j: 12½x11½
The stamps issued by Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem, were overprinted:

50
Cent
Ooster Stoomtram Mij




This comapny exploited several lines in the East of the Dutch province of Utrecht. And also the line Driebergen - Arnhem.
The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations. printer: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.
distance between stamps: 3½ mm




Values:
25. 10 cent
26. 15 cent
27. 20 cent
28. 25 cent
29. 30 cent
30. 35 cent
31. 40 cent
32. 45 cent
33. 50 cent
34. 1 GLD.
35. 1½ GLD.
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
perforation:







d
j
j

Circulation:
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
5000
2500
7500
2500
2500
2500







1924-1930: Dutch railway letter stamps: Nederlandsche Spoorwegen.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
d: 11½x11½
f: 12x11½
j: 12½x11½
k: 11:10¾
ak: 11:11½

The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations and the red ones were for other distribution and transport centres.

printer: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.
distance between stamps: 3½ mm



Values:
127. 5 cent
128. 10 cent
129. 15 cent
130. 20 cent
131. 25 cent
132. 30 cent
133. 35 cent
134. 40 cent
135. 45 cent
136. 50 cent
137. 65 cent (1930)
138. 80 cent (1933)
138. 1 GLD.
139. 1½ GLD.
140. 2 GLD.
141. 2½ GLD.
142. 3 GLD.
143. 5 cent
144. 10 cent
145. 15 cent
146. 20 cent
147. 25 cent
148. 30 cent
149. 35 cent
150. 40 cent
151. 45 cent
152. 50 cent
152a. 80 cent
153. 1 GLD.
154. 1½ GLD.
155. 2 GLD.
156. 2½ GLD.
157. 3 GLD.
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red

red
red
red
red
red
perforation:
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
ak
a, k
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
f, j, ak
d, ak
d, f, ak
d, f, ak
d, f, j, ak
ak
f, ak
f, ak
d, f, ak
f, ak
a, k
ak
f, ak
d, f, ak
d, f, j, ak
d, f, j, ak
Circulation: 1,725,000
1,850,000
2,275,000
2,075,000
2,375,000
4,700,000
4,675,000
5,175,000
11,620,000
5,230,000
2,000,000
?
5,000,000
2,600,000
2,250,000
1,850,000
1,325,000
250,000
1,450,000
1,100,000
950,000
750,000
2,790,000
1,450,000
4,700,000
2,350,000
4,650,000
?
3,350,000
1,450,000
700,000
550,000
500,000


1927-1928: Dutch railway letter stamps: Ned. Buurtspoorweg Mij.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10.
The stamps issued by Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem, were overprinted:

3GLD.
Ned. Buurtspoorweg Mij.





This company took over the Ooster Stoomtram Mij. in January 1927.
printer: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.
distance between stamps: 3½ mm
There are two types:
type I: length of overprinted text: 32½ mm
type II: length of overprinted text: 34½ mm
Only one perforation known: f: 12x11½

No picture available.
Type I
1. 5 cent
2. 10 cent
3. 15 cent
4. 20 cent
5. 25 cent
6. 30 cent
7. 35 cent
8. 40 cent
9. 45 cent
10. 50 cent
11. 1 GLD.
12. 1½ GLD.
13. 2 GLD.
14. 2½ GLD.
15. 3 GLD.
type II
16. 30 cent
17. 35 cent
18. 40 cent
19. 45 cent
20. 50 cent
21. 1 GLD.
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow

orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
perforation:
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f
f

f
f
f
f
f
f
Circulation:
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500
2500

2500
2500
5000
5000
5000
5000




1931-1934: Dutch railway letter stamps: Nederlandsche Spoorwegen.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
d: 11½x11½
f: 12x11½
j: 12½x11½
k: 11:10¾
ak: 11:11½

The orange-yellow stamps were sold at the railway stations and the red ones were for other distribution and transport centres.

printer: Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem.
distance between stamps: 3½ mm
oblique print

No picture available.





The numbers used by Enschedé & Zonen are 8mm in height for the value in cents. They are 12½mm in height for the value in guilders.


In 2004, Mr. Bill Weinberger discovered that the edition of railway stamps of the Netherlands, 1934-1934, was printed on plain and fluorescent paper. Nothing has been published about this for a few reasons:

When the "Spoor en Post" (“Rail and Mail”) book was finished, the use of the UV lamp was not commonplace, except when detecting forgeries and studying cancellations
"Track and Post" was considered finished because it named all the perforations (which it later turned out is not true) and also the color variations were considered insignificant at the latest issue, so it was not considered to include the stamps under the UV lamp.

Mr Weinberger knew from experience that colour variations on the stamps would react differently (and suspected that different papers had been used) when placed under a UV lamp. But there was no reason to believe that a yellowish glowing paper would emerge. Great surprise, because what caused this was a chemical whitener that was unclear to be used so many years ago.

Mr Weinberger's results:

* A) Yellow Perf 11×10-3/4
     1) Normal paper, stamps in a variety of shades. Have all except the 50c.
     This is strange because the 50c is the most common denomination. It may not exist.
     2) Very bright Fluorescent paper. Have 13 values.
* B) Yellow Perf 11×11-1/2. Normal paper, stamps in variety of shades. Have complete.
* C) Red Perf 11×10-3/4. Flour Yellow paper. Stamp is Orange. Have 13 values.
* D) Red Perf 11×11-1/2.
     1) Normal paper. Stamp is Orange. Have 14 values.
     2) Flour Yellow paper. Stamp is Brown. Have complete.

More details about the guilder values: there are different distances between the number and the indication “GLD” and in most different series also thick and thin notation of GLD. It is also possible to separate the series with the yellow seals, A1 and B, into light and dark brown, because this effect is obtained after UV exposure.
Values:
158. 5 cent
159. 10 cent
160. 15 cent
161. 20 cent
162. 25 cent
163. 30 cent
164. 35 cent
165. 40 cent
166. 45 cent
167. 50 cent
168. 65 cent
169. 80 cent
170. 1 GLD.
171. 1½ GLD.
172. 2 GLD.
173. 2½ GLD.
174. 3 GLD.
175. 10 cent
176. 15 cent
177. 20 cent
178. 25 cent
179. 30 cent
180. 35 cent
181. 40 cent
182. 45 cent
183. 50 cent
184. 80 cent
185. 1 GLD.
186. 1½ GLD.
colour:
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
orange-yellow
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
red
perforation:
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
ak
Circulation: 950,000
1,400,000
450,000
725,000
1,000,000
2,225,000
2,275,000
2,175,000
2,775,000
4,375,000
875,000
1,500,000
2,225,000
1,025,000
1,025,000
725,000
525,000
275,000
150,000
225,000
100,000
2,250,000
900,000
2,000,000
25,000
1,875,000
1,150,000
650,000
250,000


1934-1944: Dutch railway letter stamps: Nederlandsche Spoorwegen.
These stamps were released in sheets of 50 stamps: 5 x 10. There were several perforations possible:
k: 11:10¾
ak: 11:11½

The yellow to brown-orange stamps were sold at the railway stations and the pink to dark red ones were for other distribution and transport centres.

printer: Nederlandsche Speciaaldrukkerijen, Rotterdam

The inner frame border of the stamp picture shows square angles, whereas all former releases had rounded angles.







The numbers used by Nederlandsche Speciaaldrukkerijen have no dots. They are 8mm in height for the value in cents. The numbers for the value in guilders is the same as used by Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, but the letters GLD are slightly narrower.
Values:
187. 5 cent
188. 10 cent
189. 15 cent
190. 20 cent
191. 25 cent
192. 30 cent
193. 35 cent
194. 40 cent
195. 45 cent
196. 50 cent
197. 65 cent
198. 70 cent
199. 80 cent
200. 90 cent
201. 1 GLD.
202. 1½ GLD.
203. 2 GLD.
204. 2½ GLD.
205. 3 GLD.
206. 5 cent
207. 10 cent
208. 15 cent
209. 20 cent
210. 25 cent
211. 30 cent
212. 35 cent
213. 40 cent
214. 45 cent
215. 50 cent
216. 65 cent
217. 70 cent
218. 80 cent
220. 1 GLD.
221. 1½ GLD.
222. 2 GLD.
223. 2½ GLD.
224. 3 GLD.
colour:
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
yellow to brown-orange
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
pink to dark red
perforation:
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak
ak, k
ak, k
ak
ak, k
ak
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak, k
ak
k
k


01-05-1946: Dutch railway letter stamps: NS

The train letter stamp was re-introduced in 1946.


Designer: ?
Photogravure: Ned. Speciaaldrukkerijen, Rotterdam
Books of 5 sheets containing 10 stamps.
Perforation: L10¾:10½
Watermark: no
Value: 15 cents




01-03-1964: Dutch railway letter stamps: NS

TThe train letter stamp in new design.

Designer: ?
Photogravure: Ned. Speciaaldrukkerijen, Rotterdam
Books of 10 sheets containing 10 stamps.
Perforation: L13
Watermark: no
Value: 50 cents




01-02-1965: Dutch railway letter stamps: NS


Designer: ?
Photogravure: Ned. Speciaaldrukkerijen, Rotterdam
Books of 10 sheets containing 10 stamps.
Perforation: L13
Watermark: no
Value: 25 cents




01-07-1966: Dutch railway letter stamps: NS


Designer: ?
Photogravure: Ned. Speciaaldrukkerijen, Rotterdam
Books of 10 sheets containing 10 stamps.
Perforation: L13
Watermark: no
Values: 5 cents and 35 cents

cover of a stamp booklet:





01-10-1967: Dutch railway letter stamps: NS


Designer: ?
Photogravure: Ned. Speciaaldrukkerijen, Rotterdam
Books of 10 sheets containing 10 stamps.
Perforation: L13
Watermark: no
Value: 45 cents



April 1970: Dutch railway letter stamps: NS


Designer: ?
Photogravure: Ned. Speciaaldrukkerijen, Rotterdam
sheets containing 10 stamps.
Perforation: K13
Watermark: no
Value: 45 cents



01-05-1972: Dutch railway letter stamps: NS


Designer: ?
Offset: G.J.Thieme
books of 5 sheets containing 10 stamps.
Perforation: K13:13½
Watermark: no
Value: 55 cents

cover of a stamp booklet and a sheet of 1972 railway letter stamps:






Leo Bakx also made a survey of these stamps. You might want to visit his site as well: Leo Bakx's site of railway letter stamps.

Latest update on 28-01-2021.

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