Rotterdam (NL)

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Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe is the reason that Rotterdam is often called the "Gateway to Europe".The largest port in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world, the port of Rotterdam was the world's busiest port from 1962 to 2004, when it was surpassed by Shanghai. Rotterdam's commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), a channel in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse on the North Sea. These rivers lead directly into the centre of Europe, including the industrial Ruhr region.

Read more at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotterdam

Postmark Examples[edit]

ROTTERDAM on postage stamp with Queen Wilhelmina, emission of 1920, catalogued as NVPH-76. Stampset.png
ROTTERDAM, Business Point Vanvollenhovenstraat, 2010.
ROTTERDAM, Business Giessenweg, 2008.

19th century[edit]

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DC ROTTERDAM 1896
ROTTERDAM on 24 nov 1897.

Sub-offices[edit]

Central Station[edit]

Stampset.pngRotterdam Central Station, 1950

Slogan Postmarks[edit]

Rotterdam, Slogan cancel 1933
Rotterdam C.S., Slogan cancel 1944

Machine cancels[edit]

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Cards and Letters[edit]

1904 London E.C. to Rotterdam forwarded to Utrecht
Stamped letter canceled with continuous cancel ROTTERDAM, 1.10.1907, sent to Denmark. Postage stamp depicts Queen Wilhelmina.
Rotterdam, Auto Post Office, 1939 Letter sent from auto post office, located at the Feyenoord Stadium, to Terneuzen on 3-VIII-39. Postage stamp, commemorating the death of bishop Willibrordus in 739 AD.

Letter cards[edit]

First Dutch Letter Card used on the first day of issue: January1, 1871. Sent from Rotterdam (province of South Holland) to Zevenbergen (province of North Brabant). On january 1, 1871, two types of letter cards were introduced in the Netherlands. One with a pre-paid stamp of 2.5 cents, meant for inland use. Another one with no value indication, meant for post to foreign countries. Both forms had an extensive footnote ("NOTA") on how to use the card. In later versions of 1872/1874 the same letter cards were issued without the footnote.
First Dutch Letter Card, model 1871, sent on 2 JAN 1873 from Rotterdam (the Netherlands) to London EC (Great Britain). Receiving date is 9 JAN 1873. Three postage stamps of 5 cents were used, which is the correct franking rate. Stamps were cancelled with coded postal obliterator number 91 (=Rotterdam). The sender printed an embossed name in the upper righthand corner, reading "C.van der Zwet - Rotterdam". King William III is depicted on the blue postage stamp (catalogued as nvph-19), emission of 1872. Collection of Jan Boon.
Postal card sent from Rotterdam to Marstal in Denmark via Svendborg.
Lettercard sent from Doesburg on 6.11.1908 at 12-13hrs, arrived at Rotterdam on 6.11.1908 at 5-6hrs!

Sub Post Offices[edit]

Mathenesserplein[edit]

1932 Postcard posted and registered at Rotterdam-Mathenesserplein office for onward Graf Zeppelin transit at Friedrichshafen then on to Munster Germany
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Registered labels Rotterdam[edit]

Registered labels from different post offices in Rotterdam