Dutch windmills on stamps

The Hague – Ten millers, the patron of mill Rhine and Lek and also the mayor of Wijk bij Duurstede received the first issue of a stamp sheetlet from Annerie Lekkerkerker, director of the PostNL department Consumers and Small Businesses. Each miller also received a stamp with his own windmill on it. The event took place at one of the mills on the stamps: Molen Rijn and Lek, in Wijk bij Duurstede. The stamp sheetlet contains ten different mill types from all over the Netherlands. The oldest one, the Grafelijke Torenmolen in Zeddam, dates back to around 1450 and the youngest one is the Hiemertermole in Burgwerd, which is a rebuilt windmill from 1975. The stamp sheetlet was created in close collaboration with De Hollandsche Molen. This national association is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

Each stamp shows a drawing made by the artist Joost Veerkamp. Each specific windmill type has its own colour, against a clear sky and a horizon that continues from one stamp into the next. The top row contains windmills bordering water and the bottom one contains windmills in the countryside or in towns. From left to right, the sails of the different windmills on the stamps are turning, suggesting movement. The text on the stamps and the border around the sheetlet provides extra information about the windmill type and the mill itself. Scanning of the QR code on the stamp sheetlet will provide more background information about the depicted windmills.

'The attractive colours on the stamps represent different times of the day or night. For example, the photograph of the Grafelijke Torenmolen on one of the stamps was taken during a clear summer's night, while the stamp with the Kilsdonkse Molen shows a sunny afternoon,' Joost Veerkamp explained.

Miracle machines

'This assignment was quite a present to me,' Joost said. 'For the windmill series, I have travelled the whole country, photographed dozens of windmills, and spoken to many millers, many of whom are volunteers. All of these people were very passionate about their profession and were eager to help place the sails in the right position or turn the windmill to face the wind.'

'In my eyes, windmills are true miracle machines. As opposed to the concrete mega turbines, they give a landscape a special touch. I don't know why, but a turning windmill does something to the mind. Is it its timelessness? Its serenity? On the other hand, they are hard workers.'

Joost Veerkamp is the artist who, in 2012, together with Marleen Felius, was responsible for the prize winning stamp sheetlet depicting Dutch cattle breeds. Joost Veerkamp (1953) is graphic designer and clear-line artist.

Availability

The Dutch windmill stamp sheetlet comprises ten stamps with value ‘1’ for items of mail weighing up to 20 grams for destinations in the Netherlands. While stocks last, the stamps are available from all post offices and via www.collectclub.nl. The stamps have an indefinite term of validity.

In addition to the stamp sheetlet, there are two stamp booklets, a so-called prestige booklet as well as two first-day covers*.

Historic windmill stamps

Windmills have always been a popular subject on stamps. In the Netherlands, different typical stamps have been issued, depicting windmills in the foreground or the background. A few examples include the film stamp with Carice van Houten from 2010 by Anton Corbijn/ Kesselskramer, 125 years of VVV (Dutch Tourist Information) from 2010 by Bureau Smidswater, the 50th death anniversary of Piet Mondriaan from 1994 by Walter Nikkels, and the Summer Stamps from 1963 by Cor van Weele.

* an NVPH product

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