Bulletin Hermes

Bulletin Hermes

Hermes 174

March 2017

Hermes Edition 169




Joost Meyer: Help me, I have double vision!

The author describes the joined issues of stamps by Greece and other countries, also known as “Twin-stamps”.


Eugène Endenburg: A Puzzle for loyal readers.

Who loves to puzzle will enjoy this exercise.


Oscar van der Vliet: Maritime mysteries of Crete.

Oscar shows two Fixed Fee stamps of the agency of Constantinople from the Messageries Maritime and ROPiT, with a mark for double taxation, normally only used on Crete. He also shows a stamp with a cancellation and wonders if this could be a mark by Lloyd or Florio-Rubattino.


Jan van den Berg: Von Auslande über …

Jan tells about the labels used for registered mail, coming into Germany that had not been labelled by the foreign Post Office. If that was the case, in many cases a German label was added to the mail. Jan until now did not find any of these labels on 19th century incoming Greek mail.


Ruud Verberne: What age is our money-box?

The money-box is older than many people would have thought. It already existed in Ancient Greece! Ruud describes this phenomenon and also tells about treasure chests and treasure houses, in particular those of Delphi and Delos.


Hans Paul Soetens: De Eerste Wereldoorlog en Griekenland in tijdlijnen deel 9- Wijzigingen in de censuurorganisaties na de troonswisseling van 11 juni 1917

After King Constantine I resigned and his second son Alexander became the new King in June 1917 the royalist part of Greece also introduced a postal censorship. Hans Paul describes the censor-markings and closing-strips that came into use from about September 1917.

Hermes 173

December 2016

Hermes Edition 169




Members Day, November 12th, 2016.


Editor: Our Jubilee: 50 Years Hellenic Philatelic Society of the Netherlands.

The editor reports about our Jubilee meeting. There was special attention for three members who have been members since the start of our Society and our secretary got a Royal Award. Then there was a successful auction and three interesting lectures.


Joost Meijer: Athos and the Year of Russia / Year of Greece

The Year 2016 was proclaimed Year of Greece in Russia and Year of Russia in Greece. In this article the author tells about the special issue by the Greek postal service to mark this occasion and the special stamp issued by Russia, to mark the 1000 Year jubilee of Russian presence on Mount Athos (the Panteleimon monastery). Also in this article some details about stamps issued earlier by other countries (former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria) depicting monasteries of the Holy Mountain.


Editor: Thessaloniki and World War I: the Allies and other Forces.

An illustration from 1916 depicting Thessaloniki, the camp of the allied troops and the bordering Bulgarians.


Hans Paul Soetens: World War I and Greece part 8d – Blockades of The Greek Coast by the Allied Forces.

Hans Paul describes the three allied sea-blockades that were imposed on (royalist) Greece at the end of 1915, the middle of 1916 and the end of 1916 till June 1917 and the consequences of these blockades for the postal traffic. He illustrates these events with a number of postal letters.


Frans Lascaris: Welfare stamps or: War about stamps ?

The author describes the desperation of some stamp collectors on the subject of the (non-postal) Welfare and Charity stamps. In 1931 the phenomenon was put on the agenda of the FIP but a conclusion was never reached. The collector has to decide for himself what he wants to collect.


Frans Bruna: The Brothers D. and M. Vlassopoulos – some notes

Frans pays attention to the Vlassopoulos family in relation to the large number of mail addressed to their business in Trieste in the 19th century. He shows there is a lot of information available on the internet and calls for more research into this subject.

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".

Contents of older issues of Hermes

For the contents of older issues of Hermes, see the indexes in the library.



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