Fons Montens was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 1916. He illustrated lots of books, and painted portraits and landscapes. In 1966 he founded an advertising company in Venlo, which still exists today and is now run by his son. It was the engraver Sem Hartz who recommended Montens for the 1953 Dutch Red Cross set, because Hartz was rather impressed with Montens' book illustrations. However, Montens had to base his designs on existing photographs, and his own designs, which were more allegorical in nature, were not accepted. After the stamps were issued, Montens was quoted as considering his work 'stupid photographic stamps'.
STAMPS BY YEAR
- Handboek Postwaarden Nederland, Issue C63