Lokeren (BE)

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Lokeren (pronunciation: [ˈloːkərə(n)]) is a municipality (41,438 inhabitants end 2017) located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Lokeren proper and the towns of Daknam and Eksaarde. It is located on the Durme, a tributary of the Scheldt, and is the second most important city of the Waasland after Sint-Niklaas.Horse sausages are officially recognized as a regional specialty of Lokeren.Archaeological finds on the Lokeren territory prove that this area was populated in Neolithic times.By the middle of the 12th century, it had become an independent parish, with agriculture and flax as the two main drivers of the economy. The textile industry would remain important until well into the 20th century. In 1555, Charles V gave Lokeren the right to hold a market. In the 16th and 17th century, the whole Waasland was in the line of fire between Protestant Netherlands and Catholic Spain, often with terrible consequences for the local population. After the French Revolution, the area was made part of the new Département de l’Escaut, with Lokeren at the head of a canton. This did not last long as the department was split in 1800 and Lokeren made part of the arrondissement of Dendermonde. Napoleon Bonaparte promoted the town to the status of city in 1804. Until the 1970s, haircutting (an industrial practice of cutting hair from rabbit skins to make felt, a basic material for hat makers) and slaughterhouses were among Lokeren’s main industries. Today, the city enjoys a more varied economical and cultural infra-structure.

Postal history

The LOKEREN post office opened before 1830. It used a Perception code 75 (before 1864), and 222 with points before 1874. The EKSAARDE (named EXAERDE) office opened on 26 June 1878.

Postmarks after 1950

Postal code: 9160 (since at least 1990) Code in 1969: 9100 - 9101 Daknam - 9108 Eksaarde

Albert II period

Baudouin period

Postmark LOKEREN-9160 from 1994.


Stampset.png - Railway Postmark in 1955

Postmarks before 1950

Leopold III period

Circle on the 1941 issue.
Circle in 1949.

Albert I period

Stampset.png - Railway Postmark

Leopold II period

Circle 02 December 1899 expedition 09-10AM
Circle in 1910

Leopold I period

Perception 75 on the 1849 issue.
Perception 75 on the 1851 issue.