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Dutch Railway Stamps: Large bull's eye cancels

Survey of large bull's eye cancels

Between the stamp type small round, also known as small bull's eye, and the type wheel stamp, the so-called large round stamp, also known as large bull's eye was used. As a successor to the small round stamp, commissioned by the Ministry of Water Management, Trade and Industry, Central Post Administration, commissioned 's-Rijks Munt (De Munt) in Utrecht to manufacture a larger model stamp. It was, however, required that the loose characters from the small round postmarks, small bull's eye, could be used in the new postmark.

Numbers and letters were nearly always used in the track stamps instead of hour characters to indicate the route of the railway or tram line. Sometimes a combination of numbers and letters occurs. On the basis of the route characters, it was possible to determine which train or tram the mail item was transported. Hour characters were used on the Zwolle-Kampen route.

Sometimes a block occurs in a printout instead of the numbers or letters. The reason was that the conductor had mounted a trajectory character upside down. The reason could also be that the appropriate character was lost.
Below you find a few examples of large bull's eye cancels (Dutch: grootrondstempels).

Amsterdam-Centr.Station-P.P. -1897

Amsterdam Central Station P.P. 1897

Rotterdam-Vlissingen A 1906

Hoorn-Medemblik B 1907

Amsterdam-Uitgeest B 1907

Rotterdam-Venlo VIII 1908

Leeuwarden-Meppel B 1909

Meppel-Leeuwarden V 1909

Maastricht-Venlo II 1910

Roodeschool-Groningen B 1913

Utrecht-Bokstel XI 1915 (Bokstel=Boxtel)

Last update on 16-01-2023.

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