Simone Bel, Corporate Communications director at PostNL, presented the first stamps today to Maurice Unck, Communications and Strategy director at NS Dutch Railways. The presentation ceremony was held at the Mail Sorting Car in the National Railway Museum, where museum director Paul van Vlijmen also received a framed copy of the stamps. In Bel’s view, it is an important accomplishment that PostNL has now immortalised the train and the railway, as iconic elements in Dutch society. “I am convinced that these stamps will evoke warm, happy memories of railways for many people.”
Collage combines history and future
The ‘175 years of Dutch railways’ stamps comprise a collage of images including trains, locomotives, old and new NS logos, station clocks, and old and new railway stations. Each individual stamp is a collage of two, three, four, sometimes even five images. The stamps were designed by Wout de Vringer. “The viewer always has more to discover in a collage,” De Vringer explains. History, future and dynamic development are key from his perspective. These elements are apparent in the oldest image, an engraving of a section of railway line between Delft and Rotterdam from 1847. It offers a lovely contrast with the photos of the two new railway stations in Rotterdam and Arnhem, which opened in 2014.