Netherland Colonies Stamps | STAMPS OF Netherland Colonies

The Stamps and Postal History of Netherland Colonies

Under this section we list stamps, sets, covers / postal history, essays & proofs and of course stamp collections from Aruba, Curacao, Netherland Antilles, Netherland Indies including the Japanese Occupations of Java, Sumatra & the Japanese Naval Control area, Netherland New Guinea & Suriname.

The first stamp of the Netherland Indies was the 10c carmine imperf issued on 1 April 1864 although it can be argued that the ‘Landmailzegel’ (Land Mail Stamps) of 1845 & 1846 should be included however the postal charge and date had to be added by hand to those labels so they are not strictly stamps but they are popular with stamp collectors & postal historians alike. For a powerful seagoing nation the Netherlands did not hold vast overseas territories by the time stamps were being issued and this in part explains the popularity of these colonies amongst collectors who can form comprehensive collections relatively easily in contrast to the British, French, German, Portuguese & Spanish colonial issues.

Netherlands stamps