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Posted 12/27/2014   5:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Cjd to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Netherlands Railway Stamps don't get much attention, but they have a lot to offer.

Early examples largely shared this general design:



The first ones were inscribed Nederlandsche Staatsspoorwegen in the bottom tablet. This one is inscribed Nederlandsche Spoorwegen, and I believe it is from the 1924 series. Other inscriptions, for other Dutch railways, also exist.

These were printed by Joh. Enschedé & Zonen, Haarlem, and this is the most-common value, by far. Almost all of the values are found in this color, and in red. This color was sold at railway stations, and the red versions were sold through other channels. One site says that usages for the red versions included private couriers; the site linked below says "other distribution and transport centres."

Hans Vink has a great site for these. Some old link sites have a broken link, so here is a current one:

http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/H.Vink/rwletstamps.htm

Any additional information or examples would be great.

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Posted 12/27/2014   9:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nest.

I must hunt.
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Posted 12/27/2014   11:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SueStamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I like the railway stamps but it's such a mystery to me.
Maybe someone can help me understand...

Were railway stamps sold at the counter of a railroad station?
Do they still sell them now or were railway stamps only from certain countries during a specific period of time?

Why buy railway stamps and not stamps at the Post Office?

I wonder if anyone has any photos of these mysterious railway stations!
Always intrigued...
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Posted 02/16/2015   8:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Generally, the term "railway stamp" refers to two different kinds of stamps. The most common railway stamps were used to pay for parcels shipped on a rail line. The other railway stamps were used to show payment for a passenger's seat reservation. In this case, the stamp was attached to a receipt that showed the seat and car numbers on the specific train.
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Posted 02/16/2015   8:58 pm  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Suestamps, when I was a growing up lad in the fifties, my father had an electronics store in the Netherlands, somewhat like the Radio Shack. We had quite a lot of shipments to make and receive, and the railroad was by far the fastest way to ship. In Holland trains run, at least on the busier routes every 15 or 20 minutes. I would go to the railway station and ship a package. It would go out with the next train!
That would be a whole lot faster than the post office; their packages would go out just once a day! Of course, it had drawbacks. The shipper had to be close to a station, and so did the recipient.
As far as I know, railway stamps were still being sold in the Netherlands; I do not know how it goes in other countries. But at one time almost every country in Europe had railway stamps!

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Posted 01/12/2019   5:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Providing updated link to Hans Vink's very informative site.

http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/H.Vink/index.html

This page also has useful explanation of their use from H. Vink

https://alphabetilately.org/TOC/parcels-7.html

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