Friday, June 3, 2011

Traditional Costumes : Dutch Costumes on Postage Stamps



This Friday I show you some non-Dutch stamps with Dutch costumes :)) Maybe strange, but yeah they exist ! Four gorgeous stamp sheets, each with three stamps, resulting in twelve different Dutch traditional costumes (Katwijk, Zuid-Beveland, Stein, Hindeloopen, Spakenburg, Huizen, Axel, Eerde, Volendam, Marken, Staphorst, Walcheren). These stamps are distributed by Dominica, Gambia, Grenada and Grenada Grenadines, and are obviously by the same designer(s). So, why are these countries publishing stamps with Dutch folk costumes ? They were made to commemorate the International Stamp Exhibition Amphilex 2002 in Amsterdam. It was a major stamp exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the introduction of the first postage stamps in the Netherlands.



I could not find any further information about these stamps, but to me the drawings look very much like the drawings of Jan Duyvetter. Jan Duyvetter (1915 - 1985) was head of the department of traditional costumes at the Dutch Open Air Museum. He wrote lots of publications about fashion and traditional costumes, which he illustrated himself.

5 comments:

ingermaaike said...

Wow! These are stunning, true collectors items indeed.

Star of the East said...

Awesome that you have the complete sheets!

ga447 said...

I just love your postings, the history makes me very happy.

Ilona said...

Hi,
I'm stamp collector from Lithuania. I saw theses amazing stamps from Netherlands. Can I ask you how you get it, because I'm collector of stamps (tradicional costumes) but I can't find anythere these stamps and I can't even find the year of these stamps?

kraplap said...

Hi Ilona,
so nice to meet a fellow traditional costume stamp collector ! These stamps are from 2002, and I found and bought them on Ebay. Hope this helps ....
Lithuania has beautiful costume stamps too !