30/08/2012 Netherlands & Colonies
Netherlands 'Poor Law' Overprints
Taking the burden away from landowners and the police force by transferring it to the municipalities, the 1912 Poor Law passed by the Netherlands Parliament, was the first major step in that country's introduction of a social security system, providing basic relief to the destitute.
Between 1913 and 1918, all mail relating to the administration of the Poor Law, was required to use a set of special stamps. These were the 1899 -1901 1c to 10c definitive stamps overprinted with "ARMENWET" (Poor Law) in black. This initial set of seven values had an additional 1½c Prussian blue variety with a red overprint introduced in 1918.