Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Netherlands Honors Marken with Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 25, 2013 - Netherlands

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

Marken is a peninsula in the IJsselmeer, in the Netherlands and a former island in the Zuiderzee, located in the municipality Waterland in the province North Holland. It is the namesake of the Markermeer, the body of water which surrounds it. The former island is nowadays connected to the North Holland mainland by a causeway. Also, Marken is a well-known tourist attraction, well known for its characteristic wooden houses.

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.

This stamp features the round casque, a complex head cover, consisting of at least twelve loose parts held together with pins. The round casque was worn on Sundays and holidays with an embroidered ribbon, the colour of which showed if the wearer was in mourning, and if so, in which stage of mourning she was.

Learn more at: postNL

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