Amsterdam (NL)

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Amsterdam is the capital city of and the most populous within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade.Amsterdam is located in the western Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

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The river Amstel terminates in the city centre and connects to a large number of canals that eventually terminate in the IJ. Amsterdam is situated 2 metres below sea level.

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Postmark Examples

Postmark Amsterdam, no date, Cancel on first issue of the Netherlands, probably between 1852 and 1860. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amsterdam 1856. Stampset Stampset.png
Coded Postal Obliterator nr 5 (= Amsterdam) c.1867. Stampset Stampset.png
Coded Postal Obliterator nr 5 (= Amsterdam) c.1872. Stampset Stampset.png
Coded postal obliterator nr 5, about 1887 Postage stamp is Postage Due issue from 1881.
Postmark Amsterdam-5, Coded postal obliterator, about 1891. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amsterdam 1892 Postage stamp is Postage Due issue from 1881.
Postmark Amsterdam 1894 with special "double-ring" cancel. Stampset Stampset.png
Amsterdam Oct 2, 1896, on Postage Stamp with Queen Wilhelmina, in StampSet Stampset.png
Postal Order Stamp Amsterdam 1896. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amsterdam 1906. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amsterdam 1914. Stampset Stampset.png
AMSTERDAM Mass cancellation on 31 JAN 1907 on Charity Stamps Anti-Tuberculosis Stampset.png
Amsterdam 1906, Columbia Machine Cancel. "FLAG" cancellation with text "NEDERLAND"
Advertising/Event Hand Franking Stamp Amsterdam 1912 on Postage Due Stamp.
Postmark , as used by the "Filatelieloket" (=philatelic counter in the post office). The illustration in the cancel shows the former Head Post Office of Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam Sub Offices

Central Station

Postmark C:Station 1892. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amsterdam Centr:Station 1898. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amsterdam-Centr:Station 1900. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amsterdam Centr:Station 1907. Postage stamp from Stampset Stampset.png
AMSTERDAM CENTRAAL STATION, 1932
Postmark Amsterdam C.S. (Central Station) 1937. Postage stamp from Stampset Stampset.png
Line Cancel Amsterdam CS, Centraal Station, ca 1930
Amsterdam CS Centraal Station, 1938
Arrival Mark Amsterdam CS Centraal Station, 1952
Slogan cancel Amsterdam CS Centraal Station, 1932

Amstel

Postmark Amstel 1880. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Amstel 1885. Stampset Stampset.png

Amsteldijk

Postmark Amsteldijk 1885. Stampset Stampset.png

Amstelstraat

Postmark Amstelstraat 1887. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark/Name cancel Amstelstraat c.1876. Stampset Stampset.png

Overtoom

Postmark OVERTOOM 1886. Stampset Stampset.png

P.C.Hoofdstraat

Postmark P.C.Hoofdstraat 1886. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark P.C.Hoofdstraat 1893. Stampset Stampset.png

Piet Hein Kade

Postmark PietHein kade 1890. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark P.H.Kade 1895. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark PietHein Kade 1897. Stampset Stampset.png

Spiegelstraat

Postmark Spiegelstraat 1894. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Spiegelstraat 1893. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Spiegelstraat 1893. Stampset Stampset.png

Westerdok

Postmark Westerdok 1890. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Westerdak 1892. Stampset Stampset.png

Numbered Sub Offices (large or small numbers!)

Amsterdam-1 1916
Amsterdam-2 1897
Amsterdam-3 1924
Amsterdam-5 1902
Amsterdam-6 1897
Postmark Amsterdam-7 1904. Stampset Stampset.png
Amsterdam-8 1894
Amsterdam-10 1907
Amsterdam-11 1895
Amsterdam-12 1908
Amsterdam-14 1897
Amsterdam-15 1914
Amsterdam-16 1908
Amsterdam-17 1923

Special postmark AMSTERDAM - E

Amsterdam-E, 1893. This postmark was essentially (but not exclusively) used for the train connection between Amsterdam and Vlissingen (Flushing) for all the mail to and from England and to and from other countries via England, including the West-Indies, which went via the boat Vlissingen-Queensborough. Used in the period about 1892-1895.

Business Points

AMSTERDAM, Business Point Kerkstraat, Jan 2009
Amsterdam, Business Point Fred Roeskerstraat, no date!
AMSTERDAM, Business Point Amsterdam Zuid-Oost Hoogoorddreef, Jun 2009

Covers and Cards

The Germany-based Schaefer's Circus Lilliputs (The Gullivers) was allowed to cancel letters and postcards in their Fairy Tale Town Post Office in Amsterdam during their visit and performance with a specially designed postmark on March 11, 1937. The cards and letters were handled normally by the Dutch postal services.
This is an example of the Schaefer cards.
First stamped Letter card of the Netherlands, model 1871, privately overprinted with "Binnenlandsche Vaart - Risico-Societeit" (a company name), sent by train from Hoogeveen to Amsterdam. The card was offered at Hoogeveen Station to the post office in the train on the traject Groningen/Meppel on 24 OCT 1872. The Hoogeveen postmark is a typical train cancel. Also the cancel with "Meppel-Gron." has been set at the train office. The card arrived in Amsterdam on 25 OCT 1872. Note: the mark B3 is from the postman who delivered the card at the destination. Collection of Jan Boon.
Letter card, model 1871, sent from Amsterdam in the afternoon of Aug 20,1972, between 1200 and 1600 hrs (12M-4A), to Zaandam, where it arrived on Aug 20, 1972, between 4 and 8 hrs (4A - 8A). A postage stamp was not used. This is an error, caused by confusion of the postal authorities. Extra info on the first Dutch letter cards from 1871. On january 1, 1871, two types of letter cards were introduced in the Netherlands. One with a pre-paid stamp of 2.5 cents, meant for inland use. Another one with no value indication, meant for post to foreign countries. Both forms had an extensive footnote ("NOTA") on how to use the card. Later versions: In 1872/1874 the same letter cards were issued without the footnote. From the collection of Jan Boon.
Dutch stamped letter card, model 1871, sent April 2, 1871, from RHENEN (only name stamp in red color) via train on traject Amsterdam-Emmerik to Amsterdam. The coded postal obliterator 136 (stands for RHENEN) was also applied in the travelling post office (TPO), this was against postal regulations though. The card arrived in Amsterdam the same day between 4 and 8 hrs in the afternoon: arrival stamp April 2, 1871. The postman delivering the card put the postmark A.24 in oval. (Courtesy of Jan Boon).
1905 London to Amsterdam
1960 First scheduled KLM flight from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Started at Central Station Amsterdam on April 25, Schiphol stamp on April 26 and Arrival stamp on Jeddah at April 27.
10 DEC 1904
Stampless Cover, sent from Amsterdam to Rotterdam 1942.

Meter and Machine cancels

Slogan Cancels

AMSTERDAM 1920
AMSTERDAM 1924
AMSTERDAM 1939
AMSTERDAM 1942
AMSTERDAM 1944
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Slogan Cancel Amsterdam, 1966
Slogan Cancel Amsterdam, 1967
AMSTERDAM, 1967. Slogan: "Post your letters as soon as they are ready"
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AMSTERDAM, 1986. Slogan: "400 years City of Diamonds"
AMSTERDAM, 1998. Postage stamp with Queen Beatrix, cancelled with slogan: "Dutch postage stamps, you can also collect them!

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Meter cancels from Amsterdam, devoted to KLM

Meter cancel 1947
Meter cancel 1956
Meter cancel 1957
Meter cancel 1958
Meter cancel 1960
Meter cancel 1960
Meter cancel 1966
Meter cancel 1973
Meter cancel 1974
Meter cancel 1974
Meter cancel 1975
Meter cancel 1976
Meter cancel 1976
Meter cancel 1977

Covers and meters

Meter cancel Amsterdam 1982. Meter from AMRObank, addressed also AMRObank. Registered letter and Airmail label?

Roller Cancels

The following Roller Cancels (or Continuous Cancels) are all coming from the Amsterdam Central Station (Amsterdam CS).

Amsterdam CS, 1927
Amsterdam CS, 1928
Amsterdam CS, 1931
Amsterdam CS, 1934
Amsterdam CS, 1936
Amsterdam CS, 1937
Amsterdam CS, 1938

Registered labels

Registered labels from 3 different post offices in Amsterdam
Registered labels from different post offices in Amsterdam

Railway cancels

AMSTERDAM-EMMERIK-a 1881
AMSTERDAM-EMMERIK-1 1890
AMSTERDAM-EMMERIK . Emmerich lies 110km SE of Amsterdam, and 30km SE of Arnhem. Cancelled in 1898.
AMSTERDAM-EMMERIK II. Emmerich lies 110km SE of Amsterdam, and 30km SE of Arnhem. Cancelled in 1909.
AMSTERDAM-EMMERIK 1912
Letter card, sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Berlin (Germany). Departed by train on March 19, 1888 from Amsterdam to Emmerik. Scheduled route VII. Emmerik is on the border between Netherlands and Germany. The other mark is probably an arrival stamp (20/3) from German Post. The letter card is from 1886 (two languages) with portrait of King Willem III. (Courtesy of Don Dominique Mela.)
Letter card sent from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Wald bei Solingen (Germany). Printed stamp and additional stamp were cancelled by railway cancel Amsterdam-Emmerik, scheduled route VI, on 12 OCT 1882. Courtesy of Sten Eriksson.
Reverse of letter card Amsterdam-Wald, showing the impressed seal of the company J.G.van Tertholen, Amsterdam.