Bulletin Hermes

Bulletin Hermes



HERMES is the quarterly periodical of Hellenic Philatelic Society of the Netherlands. It contains 16 pages of information (in Dutch) for members of the society and a number of articles written by the members about the Greek collection area.


The subjects discussed are very varied. Of course, there is much attention to the stamps and postal markings of Greece, but also postal history, forgeries and, for example, fiscal stamps are included. In addition, there are thematic subjects like Greek history and classical antiquity. Related areas, such as the Levant, are also discussed.


For an impression, see the attached copy in pdf, which contains a selection of articles.


For the contents of the latest Hermes editions, see further below.



Hermes example pages

Hermes 176

October 2017

Hermes Edition 173




Report of the members' meeting on 23-09-2017.


Ruud Verberne: The reach of Old Greece (Part 1): The Greek language rediscovered on coins from the East.

In the second part of this article Kanishka the Great and the Kushan Empire are discussed. Shown are, among other things, a number of coins with gods representing different religions.


Rien Smit: Oneglia 5 L green with a false dotted cancellation nr.67

Rien pays attention to a false GHK stamp with a similarly false dotted cancellation nr.67 (Syra) of the known counterfeit Oneglia from Turin, printed ca. 1890.


Joost Meyer: Greece and the emergence of the modern Olympic Games

The author describes some forerunners of the modern Olympic Games, the so-called Zappas games in Greece in the 19th century, and discusses the first new Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.


Hans Paul Soetens: The First World War and Greece in timelines part 11: The Serres-Kavala region from 1912 to 1918

Hans Paul examines the turbulent history of this part of Macedonia that was first part of the Ottoman Empire, when it became Greek to be occupied by Bulgarian troops in 1916.


Ruud Verberne: Empress Elizabeth of Austria ('Sisi') and Wilhelm II and their passion for Greece (Part 1)

The author leads us via Empress Sisi to the German archaeologist Dr. Purgold, the Hermesvilla in Vienna and the Achilleion in Corfu.


Jan van den Berg: Från utlandet via .....

In a sequel to his article about German labels used for registered mail with the text "Vom Auslande uber" Jan now shows the Swedish version of this label on a Greek postal item. A special find.

Hermes 175

August 2017

Hermes Edition 175




Eugène Endenburg: FACEBOOK – PAGES about our hobby / hobby’s.

An introduction to a Facebook page on Greek banknotes.


Appeal: “A new working group on Greek Fiscals”.

An appeal from the English Revenue Society to join a working group to make a new and more complete catalogue of Greek Revenue stamps.


News from the Study group.

Our study group researches the correspondence of the firm Vlassopoulos from Trieste in the 19th Century. The participants of the Study group ask our members to help with an inventory of all existing letters from and tot this firm.


Hans Paul Soetens: The First World War and Greece in Timelines part 10- The Serbian field post in Northern Greece (1916-1918).

Hans Paul tells about the postal communications by the Serbian Troupes in Thessaloniki and the North Western front.


Marco van de Mortel: A Variety of an air-mail letter.

Marco shows an unknown variety of air-mail letter PA3 from Part V of the Hellas catalogue.


Frans Bruna: Thessaloniki 1917, before and after the Great Fire.

Frans Bruna illustrates the effect of the Great Fire in Thessaloniki in August 1917 by comparing postal cards.


Ruud Verberne: The reach of Old Greece (Part 1): The Greek language rediscovered on coins from the East.

The author shows the range of the Hellenistic influence in Asia and pays particular attention to the Uzbek city of Ai-Khanoum (most probably the old Alexandria at the Oxus, Alexandria Oxiana).


Rien Smit: 1896 Olympic Games – a new forgery.

Rien again shows a forged copy of the 5 drachma of the Olympic Games 1896 issue which also has a forged cancel “ΠΕΙΡΑΙΕΥΣ 18” without a date.


Joost Meyer: Harry Pirie-Gordon, Fantastic Philatelist or Philatelic fantast?

In this article the author pays attention to three remarkable stamp-issues from 1916: the never issued British stamps for Mount Athos, the British “Levant” issue from Thessaloniki and the type machine-stamps from Long Island, all invented by Harry Pirie-Gordon.


Still more fantasy; the missing column of the Parthenon

Description of a design error on the Akropolis-stamp of the Tourism series of 1961.

Hermes 174

March 2017

Hermes Edition 174




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.

Contents of older issues of Hermes

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



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