Monday, January 28, 2013

Netherlands Honors Staphorst with Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: January 28, 2013 - Netherlands

The Netherlands has issued a new postage stamp honoring the village of Staphorst as part of their Beautiful Netherlands series.

Staphorst is a village in eastern Netherlands that traces its roots back to the 13th century and the cultivation of the surrounding moorland. The typical pattern was to build farms along a single road through the moor which has been referred to as "ribbon urbanization." This type of village is common in many parts of the Netherlands.

Until 2011, the “Beautiful Netherlands” series was dedicated to cities. For 2012 and 2013 PostNL has opted for a new coherent thematic approach and has chosen historic country houses and regional dress respectively.

The stamp features a head brooch that is part of the head cover worn by women and girls in the village of Staphorst and the surrounding region. This head brooch evolved from clips in the 1600s that were used to keep a bonnet in place.

Learn more at: postNL

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