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 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.

Hermes 194

January 2022

Hermes Edition 194




Message from our chairman


Eugène Endenburg: Notos, Athens from 19 till 22 november 2021

Eugène reports on the visit of some of our members to this major Greek stamp exhibition. See also the exhibition catalogue.


Joost Meyer: Museums and excavations – part 1

The author talks about special cancels issued by the Greek Post in the late 1930s for museums and archaeological sites.


Joost Meyer: A little tribute to Peter McIntyre

Peter McIntyre was an artist from New Zealand who, during the Second World War, was commissioned by the army to record the battle for Crete in watercolours and drawings.


Frans Bruna: Mail for Karamanlis – “Wir fordern Freiheit für Manolis Glezos”

On the basis of an East German postcard, Frans describes the colourful life of this Greek patriot.


Eugène Endenburg and Ruud Verberne: Hertogpost 2021

The authors report on the major stamp exhibition that took place in Den Bosch in December 2021.


Henk P. Burgman (AIJP) and Joost Meyer: A new publication on forgeries

The authors discuss the booklet “Greek Wars, 1897-1922, Stamps & Forgeries” by the American Philip Clark Souers.


Joost Meyer: Greece's territorial growth in stamps – a book review

A review of the Greek book “Borders, Sovereignty, Stamps – The Changes of the Greek Territory 1830-1947” by Konstantinos Tsitselikis.


Ruud Verberne: The Fall of Mesolonghi on April 12, 1826

In no fewer than 19 pages, Ruud elaborates on this defining part of the Greek struggle for independence.

Hermes 192-193

November 2021

Hermes Jubilee Edition 192-193




Message from our chairman


Report of the members meeting on September 18


Two jubilees from our board!


Joost Meyer: Cyprus, a melting pot of cultures – a history up to 1878 in stamps

The writer talks about the history of Cyprus, illustrated with postage stamps.


Eugène Endenburg: Development of Greek postal rates

Eugene shows the Greek postal rates from 2001 until the last major change in 2020


Ruud Verberne: Something about the history of Crete and Spinalonga

Ruud describes the development of Spinalonga into a leper island and tourist attraction.


Eugène Endenburg: Peripheral phenomena – part 2c: traffic lights, a deviation

This time attention is paid to the traffic lights on the stamps issued in 2020 in memory of the battle at Thermopylae and Salamis.


Hans Paul Soetens: The origin and development of the postal service in Greece

In this article the author describes the chronological development of the postal network in Greece from the Greek Revolution to 1861.


Peer van Meetelen: Mytilene overprints on Turkish stamps 1912-1913

Peer discusses the preliminary issue of Mytilene and its counterfeits


Ruud Verberne: LGBTI, part 1: The letter L

A description of lesbian women on stamps and in particular to Sappho


Eugène Endenburg: Rigas Feraios again (1)

Eugène shows a sheet of personal stamps with tab, issued on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Feraios in 2007.


Jan van den Berg: Postcards by Achaia Clauss

An article about this German winery near Patras and the philatelic traces it left behind.


Joost Meyer: The German Emperor Wilhelm II and Greece

The author describes the complicated relationship of the German Emperor with Greece.


Ruud Verberne: nostalgia for the past

Ruud discusses some articles that recently appeared in the "nostalgia" special issue of the Dutch magazine Filatelie about "The drachma", "Albanian stamps from 1913" and "The Cyprus Issue".


Frans Bruna: Mystras – a modest stamp (Hellas 527), an important past

Frans discusses the 1935 Mystras stamp and the history of this place.


Eugène Endenburg/Frans Bruna: Greek stamps and banknotes (3)

This time attention is paid to Alexander the Great, Mycenae, the Arkadi Monastery and the Academy in Athens.


Eugène Endenburg: Rigas Feraios again (2)

Eugène shows a silver coin of 10 Euro, issued in 2021.


Olav Petri: Some German Field Post Letters from WWII in Greece

Olav discusses the phenomenon of German field post letters and shows a few copies with a “Greek” tinge.

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.