“Bosatlas” Commemorative Sheet Issued by the Netherlands

Netherlands 2012-06-18

Netherlands 2012-06-18

On June 18, 2012, the Netherlands Post (PostNL) issued a fascinating sheet depicting the well known “Bosatlas” an educational atlas used by schools throughout the Netherlands. The sheet was issued to celebrate the latest edition of the DeGrote Bosatlas, the most popular atlas used in Dutch classrooms. “The Bosatlas, which forms the foundation of geography teaching in the Netherlands, has shaped how many generations of Dutch people view the world. The first Bosatlas was created in 1877 by Groningen teacher P.R. Bos and entitled Bos’ Schoolatlas der geheele aarde (Bos’s School Atlas of the Whole Earth). Many editions of the atlas have since been issued, with each new one summarising changes in the world, society and education.” The images of the Netherlands shown on the Bosatlas stamp sheet feature ten different stamps with the non-value indicator “1” and the designation “Nederland 2012.” The sheet depicts the inside pages of seven editions of the Bosatlas, the first one published in 1877, along with maps published in 1961, 1971, 1981, 2001 and 2007, and the very latest edition from 2012. The images on the sheets are arranged in the shape of the Netherlands. The sheet margins contain text explaining the contents of the pages shown. The font used is “Nobel,” a san serif typeface designed in the 1930s and used in all editions of the Bosatlas since 2004. In addition to the stamp sheet featuring ten different stamps, two stamp booklets, a prestige booklet and two first day covers will also be available. [Many thanks to Society Vice President Mark Honig who alerted us to this stamp prior to issue. There are a number of fascinating links about the backstory of the young designers who created this issue. If you have specific questions, please contact Mark. — web admin]

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