Postage stamps and postal history of the Dutch East Indies

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Netherlands East Indies first issue, 1864

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of the Netherlands East Indies, otherwise known as the Dutch East Indies, and which today is known as Indonesia.

First stamps[edit]

The first stamp of the Netherlands Indies was issued on 1 April 1864.[1]

Netherlands New Guinea[edit]

From 1950 to 1962, stamps were issued as the renamed Nederlands Nieuw Guinea. Netherlands New Guinea came under temporary United Nations administration from 1 October 1962 to 1 May 1963 when stamps were overprinted “UNTEA”.

West Irian[edit]

On 1 May 1963, the area became the Indonesian province of West Irian (Irian Barat) and issued its own stamps until 1973 since when Indonesian stamps have been used.

See also[edit]

A 1934 stamp of the Netherlands East Indies.


Further reading[edit]

  • Boissevain, Charles F.C.G. and Leo B. Vosse. Zijn stempel gedrukt = The stamp of authority: C.D. Ricardo en zihn filatelistische collectie over Nederlands-Indie en Indonesie gedurende 1942-1949 = C.D. Ricardo and his philatelic collection on the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia from 1942-1949. Den Haag: SeaPress: Het Nederlandse PTT Museum, 1997 ISBN 90-73930-17-0 118p.
  • Bulterman P. R. Poststempels Nederlands-Indie 1864-1950. Blaricum: The Author, 1981 579p.
  • Dai Nippon, Catalogue of the postage stamps of the Netherlands East Indies under Japanese occupation 1942-1945, 2001.
  • Houwink, Roel H. Die Briefmarken von Niederlandisch-Neuguinea. Frankfurt am Main: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Neues Handbuch der Briefmarkenkunde e.V. im Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V., 1963 19p.

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