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.
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.
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.
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.