Dutch sights on Postcrossing stamps

Nederlandse bezienswaardigheden op Postcrossing-postzegels

The Hague, 29 March 2016 – With 36,000 enthusiastic fans, the Netherlands is taking the lead in the world of Postcrossing. Postcrossing is an international network in which people send postcards to random people all over the world with something about themselves, their city or their country. Reason enough for PostNL to issue a colourful stamp sheet featuring famous Dutch sights.

The ten featured sights are the Delta Works, the Wadden Islands, Hoge Veluwe National Park, the Binnenhof [Inner Court], the Dutch cheese market in Alkmaar, the flower bulb fields, Giethoorn, Marken, Zaanse Schans and The Night Watch. With this stamp sheet, PostNL is supporting the Postcrossing initiative, started over ten years ago.

Network for postcard lovers

Dutch postcrossers have already sent over three million postcards. Postcrossers register the postcards they receive on postcrossing.com and then receive another postcrosser’s address. That way, each postcrosser sends and receives an equal amount of postcards.

Special collections and international friendships

Each postcrosser has their own motives for participating. Andrea van den Broek (40) has currently sent 1,159 postcross cards. “I’ve received cards from 236 countries and non-independent or officially recognised areas. I have yet to receive a card from Central Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” Leonie van den Engel (age 34, with 645 postcross cards) has mainly built new international friendships. “Over the past years, postcross friends of mine from places like South Africa, Singapore and America have come to visit me in the Netherlands. I myself have gone to visit several European postcross friends.”

Availability

The ten different Postcrossing stamps are marked ‘International 1’, the denomination for mail items up to 20g in weight with international destinations. The stamp sheet will be available at all Bruna stores as well as via Collectclub.nl. The stamps are valid for an unlimited period. The stamps were designed by independent designer Reinier Hamel (under the name Sin).