Rotterdam (NL)

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Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe is the reason that Rotterdam is often called the "Gateway to Europe".The largest port in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world, the port of Rotterdam was the world's busiest port from 1962 to 2004, when it was surpassed by Shanghai. Rotterdam's commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), a channel in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse on the North Sea. These rivers lead directly into the centre of Europe, including the industrial Ruhr region.

Read more at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotterdam

Postmark Examples

Coded Postal Obliterator nr 91 (=Rotterdam). c.1864. Stampset.png
Coded Postal Obliterator nr 91 (=Rotterdam). c.1867. Stampset.png
Coded Postal Obliterator nr 91 (=Rotterdam). c.1876. Stampset.png
Postal Order Stamp Rotterdam 1899. Stampset Stampset.png
DC in 1893. Stampset.png
DC ROTTERDAM 1896
ROTTERDAM on 24 nov 1897.
ROTTERDAM on postage stamp with Queen Wilhelmina, emission of 1920, catalogued as NVPH-76.
ROTTERDAM, Business Point Vanvollenhovenstraat, 2010.
ROTTERDAM, Business Giessenweg, 2008.
IRC source Rotterdam, 1960, type "London".

Sub-offices

Central Station

Stampset.pngRotterdam Central Station, 1950

Slogan Postmarks

Rotterdam, Slogan cancel 1932
Rotterdam, Slogan cancel 1933
Rotterdam, Slogan cancel: "Nieuwe Waterweg, 1866-1936, No bridges, no locks". History: The New Waterway (de Nieuwe Waterweg) In 1863, a law was passed that allowed for the provision of a new canal for large ocean-going ships from Rotterdam to the North Sea. Hydraulic engineer Pieter Caland was commissioned to design a canal cutting through the "Hook of Holland” and to extend the Mouth of Rhine to the sea. Construction began on 31 October 1863. Two dikes were built parallel to each other, which took 2 years. Upon the completion of the dikes, the last phase began by the digging of the actual waterway. This began on 31 October 1866 and was completed three years later.
Rotterdam, Slogan cancel 1939
Rotterdam, Slogan cancel 1940
Rotterdam C.S., Slogan cancel 1944

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Waveline cancel 2 types
Waveline 2 ring 5 wave cancel type

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Roller cancels

Rotterdam 1927
Rotterdam 1933

Cards and Letters

1904 London E.C. to Rotterdam forwarded to Utrecht
Stamped letter canceled with continuous cancel ROTTERDAM, 1.10.1907, sent to Denmark. Postage stamp depicts Queen Wilhelmina.
Rotterdam, Auto Post Office, 1939 Letter sent from auto post office, located at the Feyenoord Stadium, to Terneuzen on 3-VIII-39. Postage stamp, commemorating the death of bishop Willibrordus in 739 AD.


First Dutch Letter Card used on the first day of issue: January1, 1871. Sent from Rotterdam (province of South Holland) to Zevenbergen (province of North Brabant). 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. In later versions of 1872/1874 the same letter cards were issued without the footnote.
First Dutch Letter Card, model 1871, sent on 2 JAN 1873 from Rotterdam (the Netherlands) to London EC (Great Britain). Receiving date is 9 JAN 1873. Three postage stamps of 5 cents were used, which is the correct franking rate. Stamps were cancelled with coded postal obliterator number 91 (=Rotterdam). The sender printed an embossed name in the upper righthand corner, reading "C.van der Zwet - Rotterdam". King William III is depicted on the blue postage stamp (catalogued as nvph-19), emission of 1872. Collection of Jan Boon.
Postal card sent from Rotterdam to Marstal in Denmark via Svendborg.
Lettercard sent from Doesburg on 6.11.1908 at 12-13hrs, arrived at Rotterdam on 6.11.1908 at 5-6hrs!

Sub Post Offices

Mathenesserplein

1932 Postcard posted and registered at Rotterdam-Mathenesserplein office for onward Graf Zeppelin transit at Friedrichshafen then on to Munster Germany
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Registered labels Rotterdam

Registered labels from different post offices in Rotterdam