Bulletin Hermes

Hermes 177

February 2018

Hermes Edition 177




Report of the members' meeting on 2-12-2017.


Ruud Verberne: Keizerin Elizabeth van Oostenrijk (‘Sisi’) en Wilhelm II en hun passie voor Griekenland (Deel 1I)

The writer continues his journey with a description of the stay of Sisi and emperor Wilhelm II of Germany at the Achilleion on Corfu.


Eugène Endenburg: The Victory-issue of the 1st of May 1947

Eugène shows a letter, franked with a 250 Dr stamp of the “Victory” issue (Hellas 672), cancelled on 28th November 1946. Most of the set was only issued in 1947.


Jan Blijleven: Insurance of private stamp-collections

Some tips on how to insure a private stamp-collection.


Joost Meyer: The 7th stamp-issue of 2017

Who were the 7 Wisemen from Antiquity, as depicted on the stamps issued in 2017 under that name?


Ad van Groesen e.a.: The Studygoup on Varieties

Ad, Eugène and Joop invite everybody to help with an inventory of the many varieties on Greek postage stamps (plating errors, colour errors etc.).


Ruud Verberne: Holiday Greetings from Greece

Ruud shows examples of postcards were tourists were not very careful when they addressed there holiday cards. The result was the Greek Post did not know what to do with them.


Hans Paul Soetens: The First World War and Greece in timelines part 12: Western Thrace in WWI

Western Thrace was situated in Bulgarian territory and (postally speaking) did not suffer very much under the war effort. There was a Bulgarian Censorship.

Bulletin Hermes

Hermes example pages



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 176

October 2017

Hermes Edition 176




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.

Contents of older issues of Hermes

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



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