Friday, June 10, 2011

Traditional Costumes : Dutch Costumes on Postage Stamps

This Friday again some non-Dutch stamps with Dutch costumes :)) We start with a cute Dutch boy from the Netherlands Antilles, published in 2008. The costume of the boy must represent the man's costume of Volendam. The Netherlands Antilles was an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of six islands in the Caribbean Sea. Aruba became a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1986, followed in 2010 by CuraƧao and Sint Maarten. Saba, Sint Eustatius and Bonaire joined the Netherlands as "special municipalities". The name "Netherlands Antilles" is still sometimes used to indicate these last three islands.

The next stamp is from Suriname and shows a Dutch woman in the costume of Volendam waving to a Surinamese woman in the Creole costume called koto missie. This stamp was published to commemorate the first KLM flight between Paramaribo and Amsterdam in May 1949.

This third stamp is from 1965 and published by the former German Democratic Republic and shows a statue of a Dutch woman of Putten in the traditional costume of the Veluwe. It is a World War II Memorial to commemorate the victims of the German raid on the 1st of October 1944, in which the entire male working population (between 15 and 50 years of age) of Putten was deported to several concentration camps, as a revenge act against a Dutch resistance attack on a German Wehrmacht vehicle nearby on the 30th of September. From the 660 deported men, only 107 men survived the war.

This fourth stamp is a very fancy one; it's from Umm Al Qiwain (one of the United Arab Emirates) and part of a 1972 series of dolls in traditional costumes of the world. It shows a doll in the costume of Volendam and it is a hologram.

This last stamp sheet seems to be from Mordovia or Mordvinia, a federal republic of Russia. However, these are forged stamps issued by anonymous private companies operating outside Russia. Among other typical Dutch things, it shows a Dutch woman in the costume of Walcheren in Zeeland and a pair of typical Dutch wooden shoes.


Star of the East said...

I wonder how you found all these stamps!

Dina Fragola said...

Wow, we traveled a lot with this lot!

Erika Price said...

A beautiful collection - I had no idea that traditional Dutch costumes had been featured so often on postage stamps! Erika Price Jewelry

Anne-Miek said...

Wat een leuke serie is dit!
Ik had geen idee dat de Nederlandse klederdrachten op zoveel buitenlandse postzegels voorkomen.
Anderzijds; ik weet we dat die kostuums erg populair zijn, toen ik in Amerika in een spijkerbroek rondliep, met sneakers eronder, veronderstelde mijn gastvrouwen dat ik miijn kleren in de VS gekocht had, thuis droeg ik natuurlijk een Volendammer kostuum....moest ik weer aan het voorlichten...dat dat niet het enige kostuum is enzo...