(now in its 31st year)

Correspondence to: Hans Kremer, 252 Balceta Ct, Danville, CA 94526


MARCH 2000

MACH MEETING: The next meeting will be held on March 18, starting at 1.30 p.m. at Stuart Leven's home at 4031 Samson Way in San Jose. For directions call Stuart at


APRIL/MAY MEETINGS: April 15 at Larry Lougheed in Santa Clara, May 20 at John Heimans in San Jose.

FEBRUARY MEETING: Attending the meeting at Albert Muller's home were, besides Albert: Bill Chevalier, Frank Ennik, Hanspaul Hager, John Heimans, Hans Kremer, Burt Miller, Marty O’Grady, Paul Swierstra, George Vandenberg, and Fred van der Heyden.

Treasurer’s Report:

Special Acct: $ 406.83

Regular Acct: $ 667.88

Total $ 1,074.61

Membership Dues: If you haven't done so and are planning on renewing your membership, please do so now. The dues are unchanged from last year, so they are:

$ 8 per year for ‘corresponding members’ (Newsletter only),

$ 10 for ‘regular members’ (those attending the monthly meetings), and

$ 14 for overseas members.

A red dot on your envelope indicates that the Treasurer has not received your dues at time of mailing. Please send your dues to:

Bill Chevalier, 5573 Butano Park Dr., Fremont, CA 94538


We held our third auction, ably run by George Vandenberg and Burt Miller. A total of 17 lots were entered, of which 14 were sold. The highest bid on a lot was $28, while a total of $ 113.25 changed hands, of which $3.25 was donated to the NPofC and $15 to ASNP.

Old/New Business:

Unanimously laudatory comments were received (by mail, email, and phone) about the block of Charles V stamps that was used to mail the February Newsletter. All praise is due Paul Swierstra, who came up with the idea, and then executed it. Paul was on a visit to the Netherlands and he thought it would be nice to do this. It certainly was a great idea and very well received. Thanks Paul, you deserve all the credit.

John Heimans handed out the plaques awarded to the winners of the 1999 Cancel of the Year (Ralph Van Heerden), Cover of the Year (Burt Miller), and Open Category of the Year (Albert Muller). Since Ralph was at the APS show in Portland, his plaque will be handed over to him some other time.

George Vandenberg brought up the subject of delayed delivery of Xmas mail from The Netherlands. Most members present had experienced delays of a couple of weeks on Xmas mail that didn't have a "Priority" sticker on it. It was felt that the Dutch PTT should have done a better job of informing its customers of the consequences of leaving of this sticker. Since a lack of priority sticker in the past hadn't resulted in delays it was felt that the policy was enforced only during the busy Xmas period. The secretary will send a letter to the PTT expressing the 'displeasure' of the NPofC members. Interesting enough, the point was made that if you attach just one stamp (fl 1.10 for a Xmas card) the card would arrive on time. The blue color of this stamp would identify this stamp as being used for international mail, and the lack of the priority sticker wouldn't slow it down.

Paul Swierstra had brought back (from The Netherlands) a copy of the limited

(only 500 copies printed) edition 'Emissie 1872 ' book, that just had come out in. This copy will be donated to the ASNP on occasion of their 25-th anniversary.

Paul also managed to sell a copy of our 30 Year anniversary booklet.

As can be seen, Paul did a lot of work on our behalf while in The Netherlands, for which we wish to thank him once more.

Around the Table:

Burt Miller passed around copies of album pages (Dutch East Indies and Dutch New Guinea) he had printed from a CD-ROM. These were extensive pages, including perforation varieties. The CD-ROM (PC only) can be ordered from International Philatelic Publishers, Perikweg 105, 7512 DP Enschede, The Netherlands.

Hanspaul Hager brought a Dutch paper of June 1932, with lots of stories about the Zeppelin that would be making an appearance in Twente (Eastern Netherlands). - Three International Reply Coupons (I.R.C.'s) from the DEI, Dutch Antilles and the Netherlands, used in the 1940's were also passed around. - A page full of WWII Cinderella's was something most of us had never seen before. Quite colorful.

Paul Swierstra elaborated on the difficulties he encountered when putting on the Charles V blocks on the February Newsletters. Due to the size of these blocks the original address stickers had to be removed and replaced by hand written addresses, which had to happen quickly in order to get the envelopes ready in time for the special commemorative cancel to be applied. - Paul also attended a philatelic auction where they managed to 'knock down' about 700 (!) lots in an hour. Needless to say that you had to be alert when the lot you were interested in came up.

George Vandenberg, who had been travelling, passed around and handed out pictures he had made at the Annual Dinner. If we ever get a group picture in which everybody looks good we will put it in the Newsletter!

Frank Ennik had done some more investigating on the "Via Siberia" cover, shown in last month' Newsletter. He found similar (German) covers on Ebay, also sent to the West coast of the US. He'll keep us updated. - Frank also passed around a sheet of stamps (with nice cancels ) he had bought on Ebay, and his nicely set up POKO collection was also shown.

History of the Trans-Siberian Railway

Russia's longstanding desire for a Pacific port was realized with the foundation of Vladivostok in 1860. By 1880, Vladivostok had grown into a major port city, and the lack of adequate transportation links between European Russia and its Far Eastern provinces soon became an obvious problem. In 1891, Czar Alexander III drew up plans for the Trans-Siberian Railway and initiated its construction. Upon his death three years later, the work was continued by his son Nicholas. Despite the enormity of the project, a continuous route was completed in 1905, having been rushed to completion by the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War the year before. The present route of the line, including both the difficult stretch around Baikal and a northerly replacement for the dangerously situated Manchurian line, was opened in 1916.

Hans Kremer showed a partial "Exp. Moerdijk" halfround cancel on NVPH#2, which also had the famous 'horn' platefault. The Exp. Moerdijk is not mentioned in Reed's catalog since it is a railroad cancel; both Korteweg and Vellinga do mention that it was issued in Aug. 1860. - Hans also passed around a block of the Charles V stamps with each of the 17 frames identified. A short write-up about the women shown on this block will appear in the next ASNP Newsletter.

John Heimans is recovering well from his recent eye operation. - John told us that if you try to soak of some of the recent Dutch issues (for example the large 80 cent 'mailbox ' stamp of 1998) it will fall apart, so be aware. - A sheet with recently purchased plate faults (among it a partial "T" of the 1 1/2 cent (NVPH#171, Scott#166)) showed us again how much fun one can have with such a specialty.

Bill Chevalier also is always looking for platefaults and he found one (on NVPH#114) in a recent APS circuit.

Marty O'Grady mentioned that there are 49 different Dutch stamps that could have a numeral cancel on it. He had forty-eight, but now he has found the last one (#84, Onderdendam) on the 1 cent black 1869 issue (NVPH#14, Scott#19), so another page is finished. Although the cancel is black on black it is a clear numeral

Fred Van der Heyden showed some old maps of the Netherlands and Belgium. It is always enjoyable to look at these maps and, when studying pre-philatelic material, these maps come in very handy.

Albert Muller showed the common Charles V issue of Belgium (where Charkes V was born in 1500) and Spain (where he died in 1558) - Albert also pointed out the uniqueness about the 1972 Dutch Red Cross stamps where the 5 cent value did not have a surcharge, but all others in the series did.

30 Year Anniversary Book If you haven't ordered your copy yet, please do so now, before we run out. Refer to last month' Newsletter for a listing of the articles in the publication.

The book is available at $ 12 for members, and $ 15 for non-members. Shipping is extra. A total of 60 copies were printed. Copies van be purchased from Bill Chevalier, 5573 Butano Park Dr., Fremont, CA 94538, USA.

Open Category of the Month: Won by Albert Muller for his "BRIEVENBUS" and "ONTOEREIKEND/INSUFFISANT" cancels on piece.

The " ONTOEREIKEND/INSUFFISANT" marker was used to indicate that insufficient postage was applied.

The "BRIEVENBUS" marker meant that this letter was in the mailbox for printed matter, while it should have been in the regular mailbox.

The 5-cent stamp from the 1934 Queen Wilhelmina issue, NVPH#177B/Scott#172 (Comb. Perf. 13 1/2 x 12 3/4) is tied to piece with circular handstamp:"AMSTERDAM CENTR[AAL] STATION / 10 III (10 March)/1934"

The postage due is probably 1 cent, as the Inland letter rate for the first 20 grams was 6 cent for the period 1 November 1929 through 31 August 1937. On 1 September , 1937 the rate was reduced to 5 cent.

Cancel of the Month: The winner this month was Hans Kremer for his "WEIDUM" straight line cancel. The straight line cancels were issued, to sub-postoffices only, starting in early 1866. They were used as obliteration cancel at the sub-postoffice of departure. This type of cancel was commonly used until 1879, when it was gradually being replaced by the small round cancel. The cancel shown is from Weidum, a small town in the province of Friesland, where a sub-office was opened in 1871.

The stamp itself is the very common (763 (!) million printed) 5 cent of the 1872 William III series (NVPH#19, Scott#23).

Cover of the Month. The winner this month was John Heimans for his 'DOX' cover.

The complete set of stamps on this cover were printed by the Suriname Government Printing Office in Paramaribo for the special visit of the DO X plane to Paramaribo. These stamps, which were to be used only for air mail flights by DO X, were issued on August 8, 1931 and demonetized on August 19, 1931. Any stamps not used after this date were destroyed.

What you can find on the Internet:

Letter sent from Leeuwarden to Workum on October 2, 1811. The two vertical dashes represent the two stuiver 'bodeloon'. This letter qualified for free franking since it was an official letter sent to the mayor of Workum. There are two cancels signifying this free franking:

Préfet Dep. De la Frise (on the front) and the Emperial Eagle on the back.

(this cover is offered via the Internet (; a Dutch Website) for fl 190.)




Hans Kremer