Meppel (NL)

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Meppel is a municipality and a city in the northeast of the Netherlands, in the south-west of the province Drenthe. It developed in the 16th century as a transport and distribution inland harbour for turf. There used to be a lot of waterways in the town, but now only one remains. People born in Meppel are occasionally referred to as 'Meppeler Muggen'; this translates as mosquitos/gnats from Meppel. This is due to a traditional folk tale. The people of Meppel thought the church tower was on fire. After closer inspection it was only a swarm of mosquitos.

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Postmark Examples

Coded Postal Obliterator 75 (= Meppel). c.1867. Stampset Stampset.png
Coded Postal Obliterator 75 (= Meppel). c.1872. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark MEPPEL 1887. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Meppel 1889. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Meppel, 1899. See also Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Meppel 1899. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Meppel 1899. Stampset Stampset.png
Postmark Meppel 1915. Postage stamp from Stampset Stampset.png
Cancel Meppel 1974, postage stamp from StampSet Stampset.png

Machine/Slogan Postmarks

Slogan cancel Meppel 1974.

Meter cancels

Meter cancel Meppel 2000

Cards and Covers

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.