While making this inventory I noticed a variety of postmarks. I don't mean the ordinary ones but those with a message. Usually these messages served a government or post office sponsored purpose. In Dutch these postmarks are called flag marks (vlagstempels). Many of these marks are indicative for the era they have been used in. For that reason I think it may be interesting to show a number of them.
|July 28, 1933: Gebruikt bij voorkeur Nederlandsch fabrikaat|
|July 29, 1933: zij Nederland Uw Vacantieland|
|April 3, 1934: Tuberculosebestrijding Emmabloemcollecte in April|
|July 26, 1935: Cultureele en sociale zorg Koopt zomerzegels|
|August 30, 1939: Postzegels rechts-boven in den hoek! Vlugger verzending|
This very envelope was used by my Dad on the first day of mobilization in The Netherlands. And since soldiers did not need to use stamps, he wrote the word "military" instead. But the Post Office people obviously did not know about this facility and charged my mother with 10 cents additional surcharge...
|September 4, 1939: Verzend per luchtpost|
To be continued