Thursday, 16 January 2014

MECHELSE, Cornelis Arend

INFORMATION

Cornelis Arend Mechelse (1898-1969) started working as an engraver for Enschedé in 1923. He became Vice Head of the Department for Monetary Material in 1928, and Head in 1944

When the Allied Forces were liberating Belgium in September 1944, the Dutch started hoping that they too would soon be liberated. The idea of a Liberation stamp was secretly mooted. Mechelse worked on a design and an engraving, camouflaginit by making it seem it was an Anti TB stamp. The wording would later be changed to mark the liberation.

In early 1951, Mechelse was asked to assist Jean Vroom in making an acceptable die for new Dutch airmail stamps. But even Mechelse's help could not hide the fact that Vroom's work just wasn't good enough, so the project was abondoned and it was Willem van Dijk who would eventually engrave the stamps.

STAMPS BY YEAR

1945

Netherlands, Liberation










1948

Netherlands, Relief fund










1951

Netherlands, Relief fund

STAMP-RELATED ITEMS BY YEAR

1951
Netherlands, Work on an unaccepted die for airmail stamps

REFERENCES

- Handboek Postwaarden Nederland, Issues B16 and D6

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