Sunday, February 16, 2014

Surprise gift

I was sent a postcard in the mail, from Rotterdam (with a note done with an interesting ink I had never seen, on paper with a watermark…).

Part of what the note said was "We hope you like this old card.... A small reminder of the Netherlands. It's a postcard from 1924. It was sent to someone in Rotterdam, from the Hague (46 Haag). No message, just the addresses, in pencil.

The stamp was torn, so part of the beautiful postmark was missing, but what I could see said
Great-Britain-EL or FL, looked like…

The date and town section had more numbers than a date would have, so maybe time. I couldn't read the town, and there were three stars at the bottom of the circle—six-pointed stars.

I went to the internet and started searching for information about the postmark.

I found several examples on sites selling (but not discussing) post cards and postmarks. Some showed a town, but it was not mine. Some showed the stars. Some were clearer on the long box at the right.

All were 1923 or 1924.

One town I couldn't read, two said Amsterdam, and two were clearer versions of mine: S GRAVENHAGE. If you click any of the images, you can look at them all more closely.

Most of the post marks I saw were round, or small rectangles. Those like this one were all the same and given the carious bits of clarity, it says

It so happens that the notepaper that came with the card has a circular watermark, with three six-pointed stars on one side of the circle. Is that a symbol of something, a place, of Holland?

Why, in 1923 and 1924, were postcards from these cities stamped with anything about Great Britain?

There are stories here! If anyone comes by who could tell me, I would appreciate tales or links or clues.


Anonymous said...

Maybe the post was sent to Great Brittain first. From there to USA?

Sandra Dodd said...

I'm asking about the 1924 postmark. Most of those examples there were mailed from the Netherlands TO the Netherlands, so didn't go to the UK.

schwarzenlionel said...

Sakia Ruder found it: