Bulletin Hermes

Bulletin Hermes

Hermes 171-172

October 2016

Hermes Edition 171-172 - Jubilee Edition




Ruud Verberne: Preface 2016: 50 years of the Hellenic Philatelic Society of the Netherlands


Frans van Limpt: The Greeks and their heroes

Frans shows how some of the "Heroes of the Revolution of 1821" in the course of time have been given the designation "hero". He pays particular attention to the life story and the hero worshipping of Laskarina Bouboulina, Andreas Vokos (Miaoulis), Markos Botsaris and Theodoros Kolokotronis.


Ruud Verberne: The first Greek inflation period: emissions 1942-1944

Between September 11th, 1942 and September 15th, 1944 in five stages a large, long-running series appeared, known as the 'landscapes'. Ruud describes the course of the series, the series of rate changes and the additional fee stamps. All this is well illustrated with images of mail franked with single, multiple and mixed frankings.


Hans Paul Soetens: The First World War and Greece in timelines part 8 Noemvriana and blockade; censorship up to 1916/censorship in Athens and Thessaloniki

In the first part of this trilogy, the foreign censorship applied to the Greek Post is discussed. There is particular emphasis on French, Italian and Bulgarian censorship. Next, attention is paid to the National Schism that resulted in two separated Greek “Countries”. The focus is on the censorship in Greece in the area beyond the control of the Armée d'Orient. Finally, Hans Paul discusses the French and English censorship of the Armée d'Orient. Also, the "NO" marking is explained.


Olav Petri: Grammos, Alexandria: tracks in the philately of discord and mutiny

The mountains Grammos and Vitsi in Greece symbolize the end of the civil war that tore the country in two factions after the Second World War. Nationalists / royalists and communists were fighting each other. Olav tells of a number of events that illustrate this conflict, such as the emergence of resistance during the Second World War, the mutiny inside the Greek Navy in Egypt and subsequent tensions between left and right.


Jan van den Berg: The first Greek postcard

In 1876 the first Greek postcard appeared, with the impression of a value of 15 lepta. This was intended for use abroad. In the article, Jan tells about the post-historical background of this postcard. He also discusses the technical details (two types on the printing plate) and differences between the first Parisian printing and the later Athenian printing.


Ruud Verberne: Hellas, the history of the Greek world after the classical period to the end of 1917 in a nutshell, partly seen through the lens of philately.

Referring to a number of topics, Ruud sketches the history of Greece, illustrated with stamps relating thereto. Areas covered include the Greek-Roman relations, Byzantine and Ottoman period, the role of Napoleon and Kapodistrias, the developments of the young Greek state and Greece in the First World War.


Rien Smit: Fake (ing) through the years

Greek stamp-collecting is characterized by many fakes and forgeries. Rien gives a number of examples regarding issues like the Large and Small Hermes heads, both Olympiad emissions, the 1912 campaign and later series, as well as postage and surcharge stamps.


Joost Meijer: Ikaria, a "blue zone" in philately?

The small island of Ikaria experienced a brief period of independence in 1912, after which the island joined Greece. This article outlines the history of the stamps issued in that period and looks at a number of later forgeries and "bogus" stamps.


Oscar van der Vliet: Sinking with a bank; the history of the shipping company P.M. Courtgis

Oscar outlines the rise, shine and decline of this shipping- company between 1883 and 1911. The company was based in Mytilene (Lesvos). The article is illustrated with a number of fiscal documents, seals and commercial and official markings.


Frans Bruna: Almost 50 years of our Bulletin "Hermes”

The editor provides a brief overview of the history of the magazine "Hermes".

Hermes 170

May 2016

Hermes Edition 170




Members Day, March 5th 2016.


New Issues of Greece: 2015-12 up to (and including) 2015-14.


Ruud Verberne: A simplified classification of the Large Hermes Heads.

Ruud sketches the history of the printing of the Large Hermes Heads and its classification by filatelists like Pemberton, Groom, Basel and Tseriotis. He also offers a simple method for beginning collectors to classify these stamps.


Marco van de Mortel: Perfins with large and small holes

Marco shows a block of 16 stamps of 1 drachme of the "Landscape" issue with the perfin TE. The perfin has large holes on the one stamp and small holes on the stamp next to it (etc). Marco wonders how this came to be?


Joost Meijer: www.pv-griekenland.nl constructed afresh

The webmaster tells about the new website.


Hans Paul Soetens: World War I and Greece 7 - The Macedonian Front 1916

After the evacuation of the Serb troops to Corfu, they were send to Thessaloniki to fight on the front. They were joined by Britisch, French, Russian and Italian troops. Hans Paul tells about this Macedonian front, including the surrender by the Greeks of Fort Rupel and the Bulgarian invasion in Macedonia. He also shows the effect of this on the mail sent.


Oscar van der Vliet: A special voyage from Smyrna to Tinos

Oscar shows a pamflet of the "Khedivie Mail Steam Ships" offering a special trip from Smyrna to Tinos in the 19th century. He also tells about the pilgrimage to Tinos and the differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

Hermes 169

January 2016

Hermes Edition 169




Members Day, November 21th 2015.


Laurentz Jonker: Vignet concours hippique Paris 1907 with a familiar design.

This emblem, introduced by Laurentz, was one of the means of advertisements on the occasion of a Concours Hippique in Paris. This picture is borrowed from the 1896 Greek Olympic Emission, stamps of 25 and 60 lepta.


New Issues of Greece: 2015-9 t/m 2015-11.


Ruud Verberne: Exhibition Notos 2015 in Athens.

Ruud reports of the large stamp exhibition in Athens, which was organised with minimal means and tools. A group of our members was present there as well and some of them took part in the exhibition.


Joost Meijer & Hans Paul Soetens: World War I and Greece - Corfu 1916-1918

In this series we have got as far as 1916. A huge number of Serbians had been evacuated to Corfu. The group consisted of the Serbian army (an ample 100.000 troops who had been totally defeated) and about 10.000 civilians. French, British and Italian troops organised the emergency measures, which lasted until the end of World War I. Joost and Hans Paul describe the functioning of the postal organisation through the postal services of Greece, France/Serbia, Italy and England.


Rien Smit: A Noteworthy Offer

Rien spotted with Delcampe a printing plate showing nine Great Hermes Heads of different values. It must go back to the years after 1876. It's quite clear that it was composed by a forger.


Oscar van der Vliet: KRETA provisionals 1898-1900

Oscar takes a closer look at the provisional emissions of the occupying forces on Crete in the 1898-1900 years. He takes as basis his own collection and he compares them with the books of Rien Feenstra and friends (Athens 2001), and the Jubilee book of the Bank of Crete. He makes new finds and discovers fakes.


Editor/Walter Bauer: A Plate error in the 30 dr. stamp Vlastos 1753 = Hellas 1804.

Our editor has borrowed a discovery by Mr.Walter Bauer from the Greek periodical Filotelia. On a minority of these stamps the K of Kreta is composed in a smaller size. The Hellas catalogue has already introduced this variety.

Contents of older issues of Hermes

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