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, 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.

Jubilee: 50 Years of Hermes

Last year, 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 190

April 2021

Hermes Edition 190




Message from our chairman


Ad van Groesen: When is a 40 lepta GHK a SOLFERINO?

The author advises when searching for this rare variety to look especially at the colour of the paper (greenish).


Frans van Limpt and French Bruna: Athanasios Diakos (1788-1821)

The authors discuss the life of Diakos and his role in the Greek Revolution of 1821.


Ruud Verberne - War is always an ugly evil. From the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922)

Ruud takes discusses another phase of the Greco-Turkish war of 1919-1922 and discusses in particular the region around Izmit and the events there in 1920.


Rien Smit - The imprint "ΕΠΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΣ 1922" on Hellas 459 / Vlastos 414

The writer is researching this rare overprint variant and its forgeries.


Eugène Endenburg and Frans Bruna - Greek Stamps and Banknotes (2)

Another selection from the rich stock of Greek banknotes. This time around the theme of "ancient art and culture."


Joost Meyer - A Greek enclave in Hungary

Joost pays attention to the Greek refugees in Hungary after the civil war of 1946-49, in addition to an article by Ruud Verberne about returned mail from Hungary.


Hans Paul Soetens - Aegean Islands: Postal Services in the 19th Century – Introduction

The writer elaborates on the question of how mail was organized around the Greek islands in the 19th 19th century.

Hermes 189

January 2021

Hermes Edition 189




Message from our chairman


Joost Meyer: Signed Greek stamps - part 1

The author shows some Greek stamps from the period up to 1945 on which a name or the initials of the designer or engraver can be found.


Eugène Endenburg and Frans Bruna: Greek Stamps and Banknotes (1)

The authors show Greek banknotes with images also known from postage stamps. In this episode: national heroes.


Joop Herrewijn - Varieties

Joop shows a number of perforation errors and plate / printing errors on Greek stamps.


Frans Bruna / Peer van Meetelen - Averoff - a benefactor of the Greek state

The writers discuss George Averoff and the armoured cruiser named after him.


Joost Meyer - Post for Papandreou

Using a postcard from Hungary, the author pays attention to the political career of the Papandreou family and the turbulent history of the 1960s in Greece.


Joost Meyer - A Greek holiday greeting with a Dutch touch

Joost shows a postcard, sent from Zakynthos to England via Rotterdam in the summer of 1999 with the TNT courier service.

Hermes 188

November 2020

Hermes Edition 188




Message from our chairman


Frans Bruna: From Euphoria to Great Unrest - Some Letters from Asia Minor 1919-22

The author illustrates this turbulent period with examples of correspondence.


Joost Meyer: The Daïs cancellation catalogue - a book review

The author discusses Ionnis Daïs' book, “The cancellations of the Greek post offices” (Οι σφραγίδες των Ελληνικών Ταχυδρομικών γραφείων).


Rien Smit - FAKES on the internet

Rien discusses the so-called Spiro forgeries of the LHH and the way in which internet auction Delcampe deals with them.


Ruud Verberne: Smyrna at the time of the Greco-Turkish war (05/15/1919 - 09/8/1922)

The author discusses the situation in Smyrna from 1919 to 1922 and the postal consequences.


Frans Bruna - Émile Gilliéron and Classical Archaeology

Frans pays attention to father and son Gilliéron, their relationship to Classical archaeology and Greek stamps.


Ruud Verberne - Icons: a very special form of cultural object

The author discusses the Saints St. George and St. Demetrios, important to Greece, and their depiction on icons (and stamps).


Hans Paul Soetens: Greek postal rates, a confusing matter (III)

This time an analysis of a postcard with postage due markings from Athens to Budapest in 1925.

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.