Hellenic Philatelic Society of The Netherlands
This year, Hermes celebrates its 50th birthday. We like to celebrate this event with a re-issue of four of the leading articles of prominent members of our society from the first 25 years of Hermes' existence. The articles have been updated, translated in english and some (new) illustrations have been added. Click here for the articles.
Report of the members' meeting on the 7th of September 2019
Walter de Rooij: Greece confuses the stampbooklet collector
The author describes the development of the Greek stamp booklets from the first issue in 1930 to the current version with self-adhesive stamps.
Rien Smit: How a stamp comes to life (Hellas 676): the battle of Crete
Rien reports on his trip to West Crete in search of traces of WW II.
Ruud Verberne: A piece of Greek (postal) history from the end of World War II - Part 2: resumption of postal connections abroad
Ruud analyses the complex tariff structure of the post at the end of the German occupation and the resumption of postal traffic abroad after the liberation in November 1944. He illustrates this with a number of rare postal items.
Ad van Groesen: About double printings
Ad shows an example of a double printing from the "Flying Hermes" stamps.
Ad van Groesen: New discovery at Soc. Surcharge stamp from 100 years ago (continued)
The author complements the information regarding his find of the surcharge stamp with missing “ones”, as described in Hermes 183.
Identification markings by judges
An overview of the way the judges set their markings in Germany.
Joost Meyer: Edge phenomena - part 2: traffic lights and marginal sheet counting numbers
Joost shows Greek stamp issues with traffic lights and issues with a counting number on the margin.
Report of the members' meeting on the 18th of May 2019
Ad van Groesen: New discovery regarding Social Allowance Stamp from 100 years ago
Ad describes a new imprint variant of the Social Allowance Stamp of 50 lepta from 1917.
Frans Bruna and Joost Meyer: The issuing-policy of the Greek Post has run wild
The authors comment on a new product from ELTA, the “personalized stamps” (self-adhesive stamps, issued in stamp booklets) and express the hope that the Greek Post will stop this soon..
Marco van de Mortel: Fluorescent prints
Marco shows a number of Greek tax stamps that contain a wealth of new information under UV light (see also the article in the Publications section).
Joost Meyer: A mobile musical greeting
The Greek Europe stamps from 2019 contain a musical greeting (see also the description on this website).
Frans Bruna: The Siege of Mesolongi and the Memorial Stamps
Frans discusses the sieges of this city during the Greek struggle for independence in 1822-1825 and shows the stamps that Greece has issued over the years regarding that subject.
Rien Smit: 40 L 1896/1901 fiction or reality?
The author discusses counterfeits of this stamp from the 1896 Olympic Games series, with and without the 1901 imprint.
Joost Meyer : Edge phenomena - part 1: the experiment with the coin-date
The author writes about the 1958 airmail stamps with an imprint on the border of the lower right corner of the sheets.
Ruud Verberne: A piece of Greek (postal) history from the end of World War II - Part 1: postal items of a special date
Ruud describes the postal effects of the German occupation in Greece and illustrates this, among other things, with two special postal items.
Report of the members' meeting on the 23rd of February 2019
Olav Petri and Hans Paul Soetens: Thessaly revisited, a sorting machine
The writers attack the different types of stamps and counterfeits of the 1898 issue of Thessaly.
Joost Meyer: A double discobolos
The author examines the images of the statue "The Discus Thrower" by Constantin Dimitriadis on Greek stamps, cinderella's and postal markings.
Hans Paul Soetens: Issue for The Dodecanese (I)
The so-called Dodecanese issue appeared from 1947 following the transfer of this group of islands to Greece. Hans Paul shows the reader the philatelic items related to this theme.
Ad van Groesen: The (private) perforations of the Small Hermes Heads
Ad, member of the studygroup on varieties, discusses the private perforations of the SHH.
Marco van de Mortel: Postal Money Orders
The author shows two special variants of these documents.
Ruud Verberne: The diaspora of Hermes and Iris, the messengers of the Greek gods (Part 2)
Ruud continues his description of Greek Gods on French stamps with a number of postal items with combinations of images of Hermes and Iris, around WW2.
Marco van de Mortel: Catalogue of Greek Vignettes
A review of the new Greek cinderella catalogue.