Bulletin Hermes
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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 and Cyprus, 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.

For members of our Society with a digital subscription, a digital version of Hermes is available by following the link in the "Members's" page.

Jubilee: 50 Years of Hermes

In 2019 Hermes celebrated its 50th birthday. On this occasion there was 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. See our Publications-page for the articles. To learn more about the history of Hermes, click here.

Hermes 197

November 2022

Hermes Edition 197




Message from our chairman


Oscar van der Vliet: Report of the members meeting on September 3, 2022

The secretary reports on this meeting.


Eugene Endenburg: Thank you! Ευχαριστω!

The author thanks the members who contributed to the promotional material.


Joost Meyer: Order of new issues

Attention to the digital philatelic counter of the ELTA (philotelismos) and Cyprus Post.


Joost Meyer: Where is the Hand of Angelos

The author discusses the icon art in Crete with special attention to Angelos Akotantos.


Rien Smit: An unusual forgery

Rien reports on his struggle against the sale on Delcampe of a block of four stamps from the 1896 Olympic Games series, two of which have a false AM imprint of 25 lepta.


Eugène Endenburg: Field hockey (keretizein)

The author discusses the relationship between Greece and field hockey and, more generally, the collection of stamps with an image of this sport.


Hans Paul Soetens: The book “cancellations” of shipping agencies …” - additions

Hans Paul comes with a first addition to his book.


Ruud Verberne: The classical Greeks: Hipparchos (ca 190 – 120 BC)

The author describes the life of this astronomer and the recently more or less accidentally discovered piece of his long-lost texts.

Hermes 196

August 2022

Hermes Jubilee Edition 196




Message from our chairman


Oscar van der Vliet: Report of the Jubilee members meeting of our Society on May 21, 2022

The secretary reports on this festive gathering (including an extensive auction).


Eugène Endenburg: Numbers on the backside of the stamps of 1988

The author appeals to the collectors if they can help him with stamps of the type Hellas 1806B-1820B with a counting number on the back.


Olav Petri: Bombing by a Zeppelin

In WWI, zeppelin LZ85 carried out some bombing raids on Thessaloniki. On the third flight, however, she was shot out of the sky by the Allies.


Joost Meyer: Higher education with a discount

The author discusses a stamp booklet (Hellas B17) from 1987 that was sold at a discount by the Greek Post.


Joost Meyer: Greek collections on the internet

A number of Greek stamp collections can be admired on the internet. Joost lists a number of them. They can also be viewed via the Digital Library on this website (see: www.pvgriekenland.nl/library).


Ruud Verberne: Less usual post

Ruud shows some parcel post labels covered with high-value Cypriot stamps and tells about the sender (James Bendon) and the addressee (Rod Perry).


Eugène Endenburg: Perfin's news

The author discusses the wonderful world of Greek perfins and announces the appearance of a new publication on our website “The Jan Blijleven collection Greek perfins”


Joost Meyer: “The new Hermes is out!”

A review of the new edition of the Hermes catalogue published in May 2022.


Joost Meyer: “Cypriot pros”

An typographic error in the “refugee” stamp of Cyprus from 2020.

Hermes 195

April 2022

Hermes Edition 195




Message from our chairman


Oscar van der Vliet: Report of the HPSNL

The secretary reports on the state of affairs of our Society.


Eugène Endenburg: Alekos Fasianos, Αλέκος Φασιανός

The author describes the life and work of this recently deceased artist whose designs also adorn a number of Greek postage stamps.


Ruud Verberne: Netherlands and the XVIth Olympic Games - November 22 - December 8, 1956: Melbourne, Australia

While the Dutch athletes had already arrived in Australia, the NOC decided not to participate in the Games as a result of the Russian invasion of Hungary. Ruud tells about the circumstances.


Joost Meyer: Museums and excavations – part 2

In this second part, a few more cancels, two philatelic oriented museums and images of Greek museums on stamps are discussed.

Contents of older issues of Hermes

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

Click here to see the contents of our digital news letters (Dutch only), number 1, number 2 and number 3.